Contribution to the UNHCR Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan Turkey 2015/16



Contract partner: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: Türkei Funding amount: € 500.000,00Project start: 01.01.2015End: 31.12.2016

Short Description:

Overall goal


As the Syrian emergency develops into a protracted displacement, host countries such as Turkey and aid agencies are placing increasing emphasis on education and livelihood interventions. Since late 2014, Turkey has become the largest refugee host country in the world, with over 2 million refugees seeking asylum on its territory. Language education is critical to facilitate social harmony, access to education and access to the labour market.


In 2015/2016, UNHCR Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan Turkey aims at supporting the Government of Turkey in the response to this protracted refugee crisis and to assist impacted communities with regards to basic needs, public water and waste management, health care, education and livelihood initiatives and national/subnational systems to cope. UNHCR’s total financial requirements for this appeal amount to 292 million USD.


Expected results


The Austrian contribution enables 900 Syrian refugee students in Turkey to improve their possibilities to access higher education and effectively insert themselves in the labour market as well as to facilitate their communication and social engagement in Turkey through certified Turkish language courses.


Target group / Beneficiaries



Recognizing higher education being an important path to build up the self-reliance of the refugee community as well as prepare them for the future return, UNHCR in Turkey is partnering with the government institution Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB).Together they provide 10-months certified Turkish language courses at the Ankara University Turkish and Foreign Languages Research and Application Center (TOMER) up to level C1 to facilitate Syrian refugee students’ university access as Turkey has been waiving tuition fees for refugee students studying in Turkish state universities.

project number2694-05/2015
source of fundingAKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
tied0
modalityContributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
marker Poverty: 1
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    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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