Auveen Woods, Nihal Kayalı  (2017)

Engaging Syrian Communities: The Role of Local Government in Istanbul

Istanbul Policy Center, January

IPC Researcher Auveen Woods and IPC Intern Nihal Kayalı‘s report “Engaging Syrian Communities: The Role of Local Government in Istanbul,” was published.

The human effects of the Syrian crisis are largely concentrated in urban areas, with an estimated 90 percent of refugees in Turkey living in cities or towns rather than camps. Local governments are responsible for providing a number of services in their areas and often have to confront the challenges posed by these refugees. However, their responses to these Syrian refuges differ greatly. This report highlights some of the ways in which the 39 municipalities in Istanbul have responded to the influx of refugees and incorporates information garnered from the authors’ correspondence with Istanbul belediye and kaymakamlık offices.

Please click here for the report.