Ongoing Projects

Strengthening Utilization of Additional Policies and Measures for Reinforcing Migration Management in Turkey (SUPREME)

IRREGULAR MIGRATION, DIALOGUES AND AVRR 2019–2021

Executive Summary

The SUPREME project “Strengthening Utilization of Additional Policies and Measures for Reinforcing Migration Management in Turkey” aims to strengthen further migration management in Turkey in a complementary manner in order to cover all indispensable elements of the fully-fledged work in this area. The project will focus on strengthening the development of policies and operational strategies, enhancing cooperation with countries of origin, support the well-functioning of the national assisted voluntary return operations and exploring possibilities for introducing reintegration policies and programmes.

The project is funded by the United Kingdom and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is responsible for its management and implementation.

 Objectives

Building upon the outcomes of the previous projects, SUPREME project aims to provide further support to the DGMM in strengthening of the policies and procedures, support the functioning of the National Assisted Voluntary Return Mechanism, supporting the development of a reintegration programme and as well as enhancing structured cooperation with countries of origin for an effective and sustainable migration management in Turkey.

Specifically, the main objectives and components of the SUPREME project are as follows: 

  • to strengthen of the Policies and Procedures (Component I), 
  • to enhance International Cooperation with Countries of Origin (Component II),
  • to support the functioning of the National Assisted Voluntary Return (Component III),
  • to support the development of a Reintegration Programme (Component IV).

Beneficiaries

The beneficiary of the SUPREME project is the Directorate-General for Migration Management of Turkey (DGMM), its relevant departments including Combating Irregular Migration Department.

Project Duration

The SUPREME project has a duration of 24 months and runs from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2021. 

References

Source (2019): ‘SUPREME’, 30 May, available at Website.

Downloads: SUPREME factsheet

 

Enhancing Occupational Staff Capacity of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services Working in the Field of Woman on Fight Against Human Trafficking (SHIFT)

Fight Against Human Trafficking in Turkey, 2019-2020

 Executive Summary

The SHIFT project “Enhancing Occupational Staff Capacity of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services Working in the Field of Woman on Fight Against Human Trafficking” aims to enhance the capacity of the occupational staff of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services (MoFLSS) at the central and provincial levels to evaluate and provide assistance to actual and potential victims of trafficking receiving services from the woman services units of the MoFLSS.

The main target group of the project is the staff working for the Violence Prevention and Monitoring Center (VPMC) and shelters for women under DGWS. The VPMS provides 7/24 counselling services and guidance for people who are at risk or victims of violence. Furthermore, VPMC is responsible for referral of victims of violence needing an accommodation to woman shelters/ shelters.

Through building the awareness and capacity of the MoFLSS against trafficking in human beings, the project will contribute to strengthening the role of the Ministry within the Turkish National Referral Mechanism (NRM) on the one hand, and further strengthen the inter-institutional cooperation among the relevant stakeholders in Turkey, on the other.

The project is funded by the United Kingdom and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is responsible for its management and implementation.

 Objectives

The overall goal of the SHIFT project is to enhance the knowledge and capacity of the occupational staff of the MoFLSS working in the field of woman on evaluation, provision of assistance to and referral of victims of trafficking.

Objective 1: To develop a full-fledged training programme on trafficking in human beings tailored to the occupational competencies of the MoFLSS’s occupational staff working in the field of woman (social workers, psychologists, child development specialists, teachers and sociologists).

Objective 2: To significantly raise the awareness of MoFLSS’s occupational staff working in the field of woman at the central and local level on trafficking in human beings, including potential trafficking cases among vulnerable groups of migrants/refugees.

Objective 3: To build the capacities of selected MoFLSS’s occupational staff working in the field of woman on training methodologies and tools in order to prepare them to deliver basic training sessions on trafficking in human beings.

 Activities

The specific objectives will be reached by three main inter-connected types of activities:

1.Development of training curriculum for DGWS staff on trafficking in human beings to be used for a sustainable training programme of the MoFLSS;

2.Implementation of a series of basic trainings on trafficking in human beings for DGWS provincial occupational staff working at VPMCs and shelters for woman (social workers, psychologists, child development specialists, teachers and sociologists);

3.Carrying out a training of trainers programme for selected occupational staff of the MoFLSS working in the field of woman consisting of training sessions with step-by-step guidance for the trainer to implement the session, including guidance on the use of certain methodologies, handouts and background material.

 Beneficiaries

The beneficiary of the SHIFT project is the Directorate-General of Woman’s Status (DGWS) under MoFLSS, with its relevant departments.

 Project Duration

The SHIFT project is running for the duration of 18 months from 01 April 2019 to 30 September 2020.

 Downloads: SHIFT factsheet

 

Supporting Institutional Capacity and Policy Development Processes in the Area of Asylum (PACT)

INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION 2019–2021

Executive Summary

The PACT project aims to support the Turkish asylum system in handling the current asylum caseload and addressing future needs in terms of processing new asylum applications and developing effective policies in the area of international protection and temporary protection through capacity building activities and provision of evidence-based policy recommendations.

The project is funded by the United Kingdom, project beneficiary is the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is responsible for its management and implementation.

Objectives

The overall objective of the proposed project is to support the Turkish asylum system in handling the current asylum caseload and addressing future needs in terms of processing asylum applications and implementing effective policies in the area of international protection and temporary protection through capacity building activities and provision of evidence-based policy recommendations. This objective will be reached through activities and outputs under 2 main components:

  • The first component focuses on research, analysis and scenario and policy recommendation development. 
  • The second component is focused on delivering capacity building activities with regard to the functioning of the country of origin information (COI) system and the functioning of the International Protection Bureaus (IPBs).

Beneficiaries

The beneficiary of the PACT project is the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM), specifically the International Protection Department.

Project Duration

The PACT project is running for a duration of 24 months from 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2021. 

Downloads: PACT factsheet

 

Preventing, Identifying and Combating Trafficking in Persons in Turkey (P-TIP Turkey)

Objective: The overall purpose of this project is to enhance the capacity of relevant Turkish anti-trafficking stakeholders and in particular the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM), to fight all forms of the crime of trafficking in persons (TIP) according to a four Ps approach: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership.

Summary: The strategic objective of the P-TIP project is to combat all forms of trafficking in persons, whether national or transnational. The project aims to prevent trafficking in persons and increase protection of potential and actual victims of trafficking. In addition, this project aims to support the development of partnerships among state agencies and non-governmental organizations to enhance a more comprehensive anti-TIP response, according to the 4Ps approach. It will also contribute substantially to raise the awareness on all forms of trafficking in persons in Turkey.

The project has two main components: Component 1 focuses on ‘Strengthening Institutional Framework and Targeted Capacity Building’. The expected results are to increase the capacities of the relevant anti-trafficking stakeholders in identification, referral, protection and prosecution of TIP victims as well as to further improve the institutional framework and multi-agency cooperation for a comprehensive anti-trafficking response in Turkey. Component 2 is on ‘Awareness Raising of all forms of TIP in Turkey’. The expected results include increasing the level of awareness with regards to all forms of trafficking among the targeted population and general public.

Donor:  British Embassy, Ankara

Implementing Agency: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in cooperation with the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM)

Duration: First Phase: 15 May 2017 – 31 March 2018; Second Phase: 1 April 2018-30 September 2018

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Özge Hassa

Downloads: Full project description (PDF)

 

Supporting Migration Policy Development in Turkey (MIND)

Objective: To contribute to the establishment of a comprehensive and sustainable migration policy framework in Turkey taking into account good practices applied in EU Member States (EU MS) and other countries.

Summary: The project aims to support the Turkish Ministry of Interior Directorate General of Migration Management in developing evidence based migration policy with increased inter-institutional cooperation and knowledge about regional and global standards. Migration policy development processes from European countries are studied and a comparative report drafted for reference, while the DGMM experts are introduced to regional dialogues in order for the Ministry of Interior to effectively use these as platforms to learn best practices and engage with sending, transit and receiving states, while imparting the notable experience gained by Turkey in migration management over the last decade. In addition, a pilot process on migration policy development is undertaken, involving applied trainings on data collection, analysis, development of alternative policy scenarios and their impact forecasts, as well as the development of Monitoring and Evaluation benchmarks for the scenarios chosen. MIND also has a large awareness-raising component, which will produce a Roadmap for all of DGMMs communication activities, as well as 7 separate meetings with a total of 1400 persons, 700 of whom will be from the migrant and refugee communities. The meetings will enable DGMM officials to explain migration policies through various methods and themes, while receiving feedback from migrants and refugees.

Donors: Co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Main Beneficiary: Directorate General of Migration Management

Duration: April 2017 – April 2019

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Hakkı Onur Arıner

Downloads: Full project description (PDF)

For more information, please visit the MIND page.

 

Support the Implementation of Development-sensitive Migration Policies in Turkey (SIDEM )

Objective: SIDEM aims to contribute to the establishment of an integrated, long-term, development-sensitive and sustainable migration policy framework taking into account Turkey’s socio-economic and human development context. The Project specifically aims to 1) increase the institutional knowledge regarding the impact of migration on geographical regions in Turkey to formulate strategic policy directions; 2) to increase the institutional capacities and inter-agency cooperation at central level to design and implement integrated, evidence-based and development-sensitive migration policies; and 3) to increase the institutional capacities and inter-agency cooperation at regional level to design and implement targeted programmes that promote the labour market integration of international migrants, including those with protection status in Turkey. 

Donor: Swiss Federation, State Secretariat for Migration 

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Duration: Mai 2017 - Mai  2019

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Sezin ÜSKENT

DownloadsFull project description (PDF)
                       SIDEM factsheet

 

Supporting the Asylum Decision Making Capacity of Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (ASCAP II)

Objective:To strengthen the international protection status determination procedures of the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) in relation to the institutional setup, quality of decisions, establishment of special procedures and collection and use of country of origin information with a view to enabling smooth processing of the existing backlog and responding to the new asylum claims.

Summary: The establishment of sustainable and effective asylum procedures in line with international refugee law is essential for properly addressing international protection needs in the largest host country in the world. Therefore, refugee status determination, especially drafting of status decisions, researching and compiling COI and supporting the structural changes through strengthening evidence base with a view to ensure informed policy and decision making constitute the main focus of the project. The project aims to support DGMM in these areas through 3 components. The project components focus on capacity building through workshops, conferences and study visits to facilitate peer to peer exchange of information between DGMM experts and their EU counterparts, strengthening the evidence base for policy making through research activities on and analysis of the practices, developments and experiences in Europe and in the region, and technical assistance and backstopping, respectively. The specific thematic areas covered by the project include refugee status determination system structures, country of origin information mechanisms, country of origin information research, special asylum procedures and legal procedures.

Donor: United Kingdom

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Duration: 1st phase: May 2017 – March 2018; 2nd phase: April – September 2018

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Yigit Kader 

 

Strengthening the operational and strategic capacity of Directorate General of Migration Management of Turkey (DGMM III)

Objective: To strengthen the operational and strategic capacity of the Directorate General for Migration Management of Turkey (DGMM) and to provide further support to the DGMM in enhancing capacities for developing strategies and operational procedures in selected migration areas. 

Summary: Building upon the outcomes of the previous projects, DGMM III project envisages strengthening the capacities of DGMM in the areas of legal migration, irregular migration, return and readmission, as well as in strengthening regional cooperation capacity.  

The main components and objectives of the DGMM III project are: 

To strengthen capacity of DGMM in the field of legal migration (Component I),  
To ensure support to DGMM in the establishment of a national assisted voluntary return  mechanism (Component II),
To enhance operational capacity and procedures in the field of return and readmission (Component III), 
To ensure support to DGMM in selective strategic and operational migration areas (Component IV).

The DGMMIII project, under Component I, envisages the development of a legal migration strategy for DGMM, whereby the main output will be a Strategy Paper on Legal Migration. Under Component II, the project aims at establishing a national Assisted Voluntary Return Mechanism in Turkey. Under Component III, the project focuses on strengthening capacity in the area of forced return and readmission, while Component IV strives to enhance the capacity of DGMM for elaborating regional cooperation strategies. 

The beneficiary of the DGMM III project is the Directorate-General for Migration Management of Turkey and its different Departments and Working Groups under each Department, among which the Foreigners Department, the Support Services Department as well as the External Relations Department. 

Donor: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Main Beneficiary: Directorate General of Migration Management

Duration: First Phase: 15 May 2017–31 March 2018; Second Phase: 1 April 2018–30 September 2018

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Semra Özgür 

 

Strengthening Migration Management Authorities in Kosovo* (MIMAK II)

Objective: The project constitutes a comprehensive effort to capacitate Government Authorities in migration management, to strengthen related inter-institutional mechanisms to further evidence-based migration and migration-related policies, and to inform the population on the benefits of regular migration and consequences of irregular migration.

Summary: Kosovo’s migration management structures are coordinated by a National Coordinator on Migration (NCM) and the Government has established the Government Authority on Migration (GAM) as an inter-institutional body for migration management in 2013. In order to support the strengthening of these migration management bodies, the expected outcomes of the MIMAK are:

  • National Coordinator on Migration (NCM) steers migration policy development and facilitates policy implementation and monitoring;
  • The Government Authority on Migration (GAM) applies standardised data collection and analysis practices, grounded on WOGA principles, to draft evidence-based policy recommendations;
  • Population is informed on the benefits of regular migration and consequences of irregular migration.

Activities carried out under the project include improving the legal framework and structures of migration management authorities and define functions to strengthen the role of the NCM, the cooperation with GAM as well as the functioning and work of GAM. 

GAM is also supported with tailor-made trainings on migration related topics and statistical programmes on data collection and analysis and assistance to improve the quality of analyses for the development of migration profiles and policies.

Further activities include supporting GAM in interlinking relevant government databases in Kosovo for setting up a migration related IT infrastructure as well as facilitating a migration survey.

GAM and NCM will be also assisted to develop and implement awareness-raising campaigns that discourage irregular migration and safeguard regular migration and mobility.

Donor: Swiss State Secretariat for Migration

Implementing Agency: ICMPD in partnership with Maastricht University 

Duration: July 2017 – December 2018

Country: Kosovo

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.