Migration network in Europe and Turkey Project

“Migration Network in Europe and Turkey” is supported under the Civil Society Dialogue Programme. The Programme aims to bring together civil society organisations from Turkey and the EU around common topics, to exchange knowledge and experience, and to build a sustained conversation between them. The Ministry for European Union Affairs is the responsible institution for the technical implementation of the programme, while the Central Finance and Contracts Unit is the Contracting Authority of the Programme.

The overall objective of the 14-month project “Migration Network in Europe and Turkey”,  which is implemented by Athens Network of Collaborating Experts NGO, the Global Political Trends Center of Istanbul Kültür University, Human Resource Development Foundation and the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants and co-funded by the EU and the Republic of Turkey, is to facilitate EU-Turkey civil society cooperation on the ground of development of migration/asylum policies in Turkey in accordance with EU standards and of a common approach to migration management between EU & Turkey.

More specifically the action aims at:

  1. Enhancing the capacity of Turkish CSOs to contribute to the development and implementation of reforms in the field of human rights and migration management,
  2. Strengthening Turkish-Greek civil society cooperation and information exchange on migration and refugee management systems, and
  3. Enhancing awareness of Greek and Turkish society on migrants and refugees rights.

The above will be achieved through the implementation of the following activities:

A. Networking & Research Activities

  1. Networking workshop between Greek and Turkish CSOs
    2-day networking workshop in Athens, with the participation of Greek and Turkish CSOs, in order to engage effective public voices and advocacy networks from Greece and Turkey in an exchange of ideas on migration. At the end of the workshop a set of recommendations on a model of Greece (EU) and Turkey coordination will be developed.
  2. Study on developing a common system for collection, analysis of, and public access to reliable disaggregated data regarding migration and migrants, including irregular migrants, as a foundation for rights-based policymaking on migration.

B. Capacity building activities

  1. 30-hour training for 30 public officials (police officers, staff of detention centres, border and/or coast guards) at the Greek-Turkish borders (Edirne) on the issues of irregular migrants and asylum seekers.
    The trainings aim to differentiate between irregular migrants and asylum seekers and increase the knowledge of public officials on access to health, legal and social services, as well as gender issues of irregular migrants/asylum seekers.
  2. 40-hour orientation seminars for 100 refugees at the Syrian-Turkish borders (Gaziantep), especially women and youngsters
    The orientation seminars aim to develop solutions to the problems that refugees and asylum seekers encounter and to support them in meeting their basic needs. A special focus will be given to women and children. The main goal of this activity is to improve the lives of refugees, through access to informal education and basic Turkish language courses as well as psycho-social support. Refugees will be informed about their rights, the mechanisms for access to rights in Turkey and the social and cultural characteristics of the area they live in.
  3. 20-hour training for 15 staff in removal/detention centres (Sanliurfa) on the asylum procedure according to EU policies and the application of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection, with the participation of Bar Associations focusing on refugee law.
    The training seminars will focus -inter alia- on the Judiciary and Fundamental Rights and the application of the Turkish Law on Foreigners and International Protection which are of great importance in Turkey-EU accession negotiations.

C. Awareness-raising Campaign

  1. Development of project website
    One of the project’s main communication tools that includes info about the progress of the project, best practices and outcomes under the project, discussion forum, resource center etc.
  2. Awareness-raising thematic workshops with academic community, policymakers and media
    Two 2-day thematic workshops in Istanbul aiming to present the design, implementation and a critical assessment of the project with the purpose of raising awareness, providing new knowledge about old problems concerning the broader phenomenon of migration with a special focus on EU-Turkey relations, partnership and cooperation.
  3. Awareness-raising and information activities for the local communities – entry points of irregular migration at the Greek-Turkish borders & the Syrian-Turkish borders, on the rights of irregular migrants/asylum seekers and migration related issues
    a) Four 1-day information events in Evros, Lesvos, Sanliurfa and Gaziantep to inform the local communities, representatives of local and state authorities, migrant communities, CSOs and police/coastguard departments, as well as the wider public, about the project’s scope, activities and expected results, and elicit/motivate their participation. Local civil society organizations working with migrants/refugees will be invited to share their experiences.
    b) Four 1-day community workshops after each information event in Evros, Lesvos, Sanliurfa and Gaziantep that will serve as a basis for interaction among the CSOs that work with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in these areas, and the local and police and/or coast guard/border control authorities with the aim to increase awareness and identify problems regarding migrant rights and also to engage the communities in migrant-friendly practices.
  4. Final conference in Istanbul on improving EU-Turkey migration management systems
    The 1-day final conference will bring together academics, policy makers, civil society and experts specialized in migration and human rights research, as well as in EU-Turkey relations, with the Turkish and Greek project partners. The conference will examine the project’s overall impact, its implementation in Turkey and Greece, critically discuss the observations and suggestions of the study and invite input and/or recommendations by the participants in a concerted effort to contribute to the project’s results by giving voice to all the agents involved.
The partners