The war in Syria has forced more than 2.8 million refugees into neighboring Turkey. The overwhelming majority of these refugees live outside of camps, in urban areas of the country. This huge influx of Syrian refugees has overwhelmed host communities and national structures, causing increasing tensions.
The strain on resources and effect on both wages and housing prices contributes to tensions between refugee and host communities. The language barrier between Syrian refugees and Turkish hosts exacerbates misconceptions between the two populations.
- Children & youth: Connected young Syrian refugees with their host community peers through joint activities
- Women & gender: Helped adolescent girls develop a peer support network through storytelling, social media, and life skills training
- Economic opportunity: Assessed markets to identify opportunities for local businesses to become positive players in the urban-refugee response; increased access to job training, housing and education for vulnerable refugees
- Conflict & governance: Worked in close partnership with local civil society organizations and local authorities to meet the needs of vulnerable Syrian and Turkish families
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