Saturday, December 1, 2012

WFP: Food assistance to Syrian populations in Turkey

Background: The arrival of Syrian nationals in considerable numbers started in June 2011 and has continued with an ever upward trend in 2012. As of 10 November, according to the Turkish Government, there are over 115,000 Syrians registered and accommodated in 14 Turkish camps in seven provinces. The new arrivals are referred to new camps in Gaziantep, Nizip-1 and Adiyaman, unless they have immediate family members in other camps.

Since the start of the unrest in the Syrian Arab Republic and the consequent influx of Syrians into Turkey, the Government has formally declared and maintained an open border policy. Given the protection needs of Syrians who have arrived in Turkey, the Government officially adopted a temporary protection regime in October 2011 for all Syrian nationals crossing the border.

The core elements of the temporary protection regime are:

  • open border policy with admission to the territory for those seeking protection;
  • protection against forcible returns (non-refoulement);
  • access to basic reception arrangements, where immediate needs are addressed.

The Turkish government has been providing a high standard of assistance to Syrians hosted in their camps at the cost of some US$400 million to date.

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