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REPORT ON URBAN REFUGEES OF MARMARA PUBLISHED

Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU) has published a new migration report titled “Urban Refugees of Marmara: Process Management of Municipalities”. The report was launched through an online event on March 16, 2022 with the participation of the authors of the report as well as academics and representatives of local governments and civil society organizations working in the area of migration.

In 2017, MMU published a report with the name “Urban Refugees From “Detachment” to “Harmonization” – Syrian Refugees and Process Management of Municipalities: The Case of Istanbul” which focuses on the experiences of district municipalities and the metropolitan municipality in Istanbul. Turkey continues to host the largest number of refugees in the world since then and Syrians form the biggest part of them. More than 97% of all Syrians under temporary protection in Turkey live in cities as urban refugees. Considering the fact that local governments are one of the most important authorities which are directly affected by the migration phenomenon and are the closest institutions to local and migrant communities, MMU initiated a new field research in which the wider Marmara Region was the research area. The research basically aims to reveal the services provided by municipalities to refugees, the institutional capacities of municipalities, how the forced migration is perceived by the local leaders, and the attitudes of staff of local governments towards refugees. In the field research, a total of 88 deputy mayors, 78 managers and 102 experts in 94 municipalities in the Marmara Region were interviewed. Out of the findings of the research, a report has been released.

To download the newly published report titled “Urban Refugees of Marmara: Process Management of Municipalities”, please visit here.

For the former report titled “Urban Refugees From “Detachment” to “Harmonization” – Syrian Refugees and Process Management of Municipalities: The Case of Istanbul”, please visit here.