IOM Turkey, in collaboration with the Canadian and Turkish governments, facilitated the movement of over 2,200 Syrians residing in Turkey, so far, as part of Canada’s commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrians from the region.
“This is significant because it is one of the first major movements of Syrians from Turkey through an orderly process. With over 2.7 million Syrians living in Turkey – not to mention asylum seekers from other nations- the strain on humanitarian actors has steadily increased” stressed Lado Gvilava, IOM Turkey Chief of Mission.
IOM Turkey supported the Canadian government by providing transport, basic registration, biometrics, interpretation and logistics support. Canadian officials interviewed the refugees, recorded their biometrics and was responsible for security screening. Once mutually agreed, IOM arranged travel (including the flight), provided translators, and medical and operational escorts for the flight to ensure a smooth and safe arrival.
Resettlement and humanitarian transfers are one strategy to manage migration during emergencies.