IOM Distributes Aid to Syrian Nationals Residing in Camps in Turkey

Posted on Fri, Sep-07-2012
Distribution of rechargeable lamps in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. IOM conducted similar non-food aid distribution to Syrian nationals currently residing in temporary sites at Gaziantep, Hatay and Sanliurfa regions in Turkey. © IOM 2012
The Turkish Red Crescent, on behalf of IOM, today, Friday 7th September 2012, carried out a second round of non-food aid distribution to the Syrian nationals currently residing in eight tent cities, one temporary reception centre and a container city established by the Turkish authorities at Gaziantep, Hatay and Sanliurfa regions.

The aid, which includes 5,000 bed linens, 2,000 mattresses and 5,000 pillows, will be distributed in existing and newly established camps in the area. Other items include 1,000 kitchen kits, 15 container showers will also be distributed.

The provision of basic non-food items, NFIs, is extremely important especially during the initial settlement stages of the displaced populations, the majority of who arrive in Turkey without any personal possessions.

Related Link
Syria Crisis Situation Report, 04 September 2012

According to the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD), there are currently in excess of 80,000 Syrians in camps in South Eastern Turkey and that more than 10,000 Syrians are waiting at the borders to enter one of the camps in Turkey.  The Turkish authorities say they are finalizing the setting up of the new camps which will soon accommodate the new arrivals.

In the first NFIs distribution which took place in June this year, the Turkish Red Crescent distributed IOM-procured NFIs to vulnerable families in Islahiyi, Ceylanpinar and Gaziantep camps near the border with Syria.  IOM procured the items using funds provided by the UN’s Central Emergency Relief Fund, CERF and the US government.

Meanwhile, IOM is continuing to monitor and to track cross-border movements of third country nationals (TCNs), in close cooperation with the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and Ministry of Interior (MoI) which has authorized IOM to make regular visits to the South Eastern region to provide support to TCNs.  Turkish Governorates have recently been provided with technical guidelines prepared by General Directorate of Security on procedures to follow with any arrival of TCNs.

IOM Turkey has received requests from embassies including Moldova, Belarus and the Philippines to assist their nationals when they cross the Syrian border into Turkey. So far, IOM has assisted few Moldovan families with accommodations and travel arrangements to their countries and facilitated visas for Chinese nationals.

For more information, please contact

Mazen AboulHosn
IOM Turkey
Tel: 0090 312 454 1151