International Organization for Migration (IOM) Continues to Support Syrian Refugees

IOM supporting transport for children to access school in Urfa

IOM supporting transport for children to access school in Urfa

IOM continues its emergency programs in response to the Syria crisis. IOM activities cover six sector of assistance including: education, health, protection, basic needs, food security and livelihood.

During the month of April and May, IOM – with the support of UNICEF – provided transportation for 1,962 school children living in urban areas around Sanliurfa; transportation was also provided 714 students in Mersin. In the food sector, IOM continues with the support for the food kitchen run by the governor in Gaziantep. The food kitchen supports 737 Syrian households (around 4,000 persons) living in urban areas in Gaziantep with one meal per day.  Additionally food vouchers were provided to 3,980 individuals in Kirikhan to purchase food from selected markets. As basic needs and access to services, remains a need for Syrians living the south east of Turkey, IOM supported 3,980 individuals living in Kirikhan in Hatay province through the provision of vouchers, to buy hygiene items. IOM also provided transportation assistance to 1404 Syrians refugees living in Adiyaman camp to reach market area in the province, enabling them to purchase necessary items that are not available in the camp facilities. In Mardin, 716 Syrians refugees were also provided with transportation, to move between camps in the province. 2580 persons were also provided with transportation assistance in Adiyaman camp to reach hospitals and health centers in city center.

IOM is also supporting community center in Sanliurfa in the provision of psychosocial activities and case management and Syrian Social Gathering center in Mersin. During April and May more than 2000 persons participated in several psychosocial assistance activities. The SSG center also provides language courses for more than 1800 person during this period.