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Our strategy

Meet immediate humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees and work alongside host communities to address the challenges that come with the large influx of new residents. Work with young people from both populations to understand and address tensions between Turkish communities and Syrian refugees.

The context

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.

Our work

  • Children & youth: Connecting young Syrian refugees with their host community peers through joint activities
  • Women & gender: Helping adolescent girls develop a peer support network through storytelling, social media, and life skills training
  • Economic opportunity: Assessing markets to identify opportunities for local businesses to become positive players in the urban-refugee response; increasing access to job training, housing and education for vulnerable refugees
  • Conflict & governance: Working 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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