The technical office of the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee held a meeting with the Directorate General of Migration Management in the Turkish capital, Ankara to discuss the major issues concerning Syrian refugees in Turkey.
The meeting brought together Director General of the Migration Management Savaş Ünlü, head for international protection at the ministry’s Migration Management Department Harun Basibuyuk, the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) Ambassador to Turkey Nazir al-Hakim, and Coordinator of the Committee Ahmed Bakkoura.
Ünlü talked about the recent developments concerning the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey as he said that the Management Department had sent a letter to all its branches to begin receiving the applications for humanitarian residency.
Participants discussed four major issues, namely the communication, integration and adaptation, the legal situation, and the economic and living conditions of Syrian nationals. The technical team stressed the need for providing Syrian nationals need with legal papers and residency permits.
The two sides also discussed the issue of teaching Syrian students Arabic language in Turkish schools in order to preserve their Arab identity and culture.
The two sides also discussed the humanitarian cases that were sent to the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee, which numbered more than 26,000 cases, stressing the need for effective communication to solve these cases.
Moreover, they discussed the Syrian nationals’ problems that were referred to the Turkish courts. They also discussed the possibility of Syrian Interim Government’s verification of official papers to help solve these problems.
They also agreed to facilitate the work of journalists in Turkey and to hold workshops between Syrian Turkish journalists in order to cooperate and coordinate on covering the situation of Syrian nationals and encourage the rejection of racism and refute misinformation.
They also agreed to form joint working committees to discuss Syrian nationals’ issues, especially humanitarian cases, legal issues, residency and work permits. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)