Turkish Red Crescent – Zonguldak Community Center Field Needs Assessment Report – External Stakeholder Report [EN/TR] – Turkey

Turkish Red Crescent – Zonguldak Community Center Field Needs Assessment Report – External Stakeholder Report [EN/TR] – Turkey

1. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

As internal conflicts that started in Syria in 2011 have turned into a great war, people living in Syria have forced massive migrations to different geographic areas, especially neighboring countries. According to official reports, it is recorded that around 3,655,525 migrants have sought refuge in Turkey, being the border neighbor of Syria, since the start of the war and conflict (DGMM, 2021).

According to 2020 end-of-year data from the Directorate-General for Migration Management, 31,334 foreign nationals have applied for “International Protection Status” (DGMM, 2020).

The Turkish Red Crescent operates in the provinces, receiving intensive external migration through community centers (CCs). Thanks to CCs, studies are carried out under various program titles for migrants and the local community in the region. 17 community centers are actively providing services in 16 provinces (Adana, Ankara, Bursa, Gaziantep, Hatay, İstanbul Avrupa Yakası, İstanbul Anadolu Yakası, zmir, Kahramanmaraş, Kayseri, Kilis, Kocaeli, Konya, Mardin, Mersin and Şanlıurfa) since January , 2015. The 17th community center was opened in Zonguldak. A regional needs map was prepared during the construction of the Zonguldak community center. The literature was reviewed during the preparation stage of this map and meetings with various institutions were completed and focus group interviews were conducted from 02.09.2021 to 03.09.2021 in order to develop the profile of the group. discussion and also to identify the needs in the region.

Community-based migration programs (CBMP) are structured, regularly following the changing needs of the field, develop long-term partnerships with relevant stakeholders and strengthen existing ones and benefit from interdisciplinary expertise. The main objective of the programs is to make lasting contributions to improving social resilience by enhancing the physical, psychological, social and economic well-being of communities and individuals. In order to achieve this main objective, activities are carried out under four main programs through the community centers.

Shirlene J. Manley