14 December 2014
16-year-old Tambi Cimuk, who was discovered to be a “musical genius” in the city of Bursa where he fled to from the war in Syria and accepted to Turkish citizenship, ranked fifth in a musical contest in the Russian city of St. Petersburg and ranked first in another contest in Germany.
23 October 2013
The Council of Ministers declares that 500 Syrian refugees who pass the proficiency examination for Turkish will be exempted from school tuition and scholarship will be paid by the Prime Ministry in 2014/2015 session.
01 January 2014
It is declared that the number of refugees being provided with health service in refugee camps is 5,500 per day. Also, 43,197 operations and 11,249 deliveries were carried out in refugee camps.
11 April 2014
The Law on Foreigners and International Protection is enacted. The law determines the situation of the refugees in Turkey as “temporary protection” and includes articles to elucidate the legal status of the refugees. Turkey welcomes the Syrian citizens as “guests” and refuses to deport them until the condition in Syria returns to normal.
19 April 2014
With 16 tent cities and six container cities there are totally 22 shelters, in Adana, Adiyaman, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kahramanmaras, Kilis, Malatya, Mardin, Osmaniye and Sanliurfa. 33,620 tents and 11,909 containers are in the service of refugees who came to Turkey from Syria.
01 September 2014
Ministry of National Education of Turkey issued a circular letter to provide education for the foreigners living in Turkey. The circular emphasized that according to the laws in Turkey each and every child living in Turkey has the right to benefit from primary and middle school education freely. Thus Syrian children who fled Syria are given the right to enroll in public schools and education centers.
01 September 2014
Syrian refugees are allowed to attend for free courses in language, talent, hobbies and occupational courses offered by Centers for Public Education. Also, refugees under temporary protection are allowed to attend talent education programs provided by the job creating agency, ISKUR.
22 October 2014
The bylaw of Temporary-Protection is issued. Due to Article 91 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection, the status, rights and social aid of the refugees are determined.
17 October 2014
Foreign Student Information Processing System (YOBIS) which allowed 200,000 Syrian children to enroll in schools through an electronic system is established.
08 October 2016
American celebrity Lindsay Lohan visits the container city in Nizip district of the city of Gaziantep. She said that Turkey undertakes more than it is responsible for and that Europe and the US should take on more responsibility.
24 December 2014
Turkish NGOs get together via a website and prepare the campaign “One Loaf of Bread, One Blanket for Syria.” The campaign gathers 170 million Turkish liras’ worth of material and financial aid which is spent for the Syrians living outside refugee camps.
07 January 2015
A convoy of 150 trucks – which contained blankets, electric heater, shoes, winter clothing, hygienic materials, dry food and toys which are collected in an aid campaign initiated by the AK Party’s Istanbul office – takes the road.
09 January 2015
The Council of Higher Education (YOK) announces that Syrian refugees will be able to proceed with their education in eight universities in Turkey without examination.
13 February 2015
Malatya Metropolitan Municipality provides 250 refugee families with 30,000 Turkish liras’ worth of food aid.
20 June 2015
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads for the refugee camp in the district of Midyat to have iftar with Syrian refugees. Erdogan congratulates refugees on ramazan and says “We never abandoned any victim to the mercy of oppressors and we will not.”
31 December 2015
Turkish Coastal Safety teams rescued 91,611 people in 2015 who were sailing the open sea to cross the Aegean Sea. This number was 14,961 in 2014.
11 January 2016
Then-Government Spokesman Numan Kurtulmus announces that the Council of Ministers start efforts to grant Syrian refugees work permit.
15 January 2016
People of Tuzla initiates the project of “sibling family” through their own means and Tuzla Municipality, a district of the city of Istanbul, undertakes the transportation of the aid, sending the 16th aid truck to Syrian refugees.
12 February 2016
A Prime Ministry circular that regulates granting refugees, mostly Syrian, work permit is put into practice.
16 May 2016
As a result of the efforts of Turkish Naval Forces and Turkish Coast Guard Command, no refugees lost their lives in the Aegean Sea for 66 days since 11 March 2016; irregular migration decreases by %90; 3,158 refugees are rescued in two months, with 68 irregular migration attempts being prevented.
17 May 2016
UN Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie says that Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Ethiopia and Jordan makes great sacrifices in the Syrian refugee crisis. Criticizing the Western countries’ attitude towards refugees, Jolie says “Locking up the doors cannot keep you safe if there is a fire in your neighbor’s home.”
22 May 2016
Bodrum Coast Guard Command teams rescue 50 people, who were illegally trying to reach Kos Island of Greece, off the coast of Bitez after their boat starts to leak.
23 May 2016
As part of “Work Permit Regulations of Foreigners with Temporary Protection,” the Ministry of Labor and Social Security grants 3,800 Syrian refugees who fulfilled requirements and made application work permit.
02 June 2016
It is announced that 75,600 Syrian refugee children staying in refugee camps receive education in supplementary classes in public schools whereas 4,208 courses were opened for adults. 131,000 adult Syrians attended the courses which included cooking, painting, sewing and Turkish courses. 38,622 Syrians still go to the courses.
12 September 2016
Directorate General of Migration Management announces that more than 2,520,000 Syrian refugees living outside refugee camps are provided with health, education and food aid.
12 September 2016
For the first time a religious sermon delivered in mosques is read out in Arabic.
16 September 2016
UN Information Centers (UNIC) Morocco Acting President Fethi Debbabi announces that Turkey ranks first around the world in accepting the highest number of refugees.
27 September 2016
Turkey provides 100 Turkish liras cash per month for one million Syrian refugees living outside refugee camps with Kizilay cards.
22 September 2016
Turkish Presidency Sokesman Ibrahim Kalin says “Turkey is not the richest country of the world. Nor is it one of the richest but it is the country that hosts the highest number of refugees in the world. Compared in terms of per capita, Turkey is on top of the countries which provide the most humanitarian aid.”
19 December 2016
20,000 Syrians are rescued from the Aleppo massacre thanks to the convoys of buses and ambulances sent by Turkey.
07 February 2017
Turkey, which grants every refugee temporary protection as part of its open door policy, spends more than 25 billion dollars on the refugee crisis.
14 February 2017
Syrian refugees are given the opportunity to enroll in vocational schools of higher education with empty quotas.
10 March 2017
Approximately 15,000 Syrian students are allowed to receive university education.
05 April 2017
Turkey opened its doors for the victims of Idlib chemical assault which killed more than 100 people.
06 April 2017
Daughters of a family whose house was demolished by a cannon ball are treated in Turkey. One of the girls is 8 years old and is paralyzed from the waist down while the other is 14 years old and a 7 cm flesh is lost on one of her legs.
07 October 2019
Gaziantep University is set to establish 3 new faculties in Syria
08 October 2019
Turkey offers safe zone for 3M Syrians
09 October 2019
The Director of the Global Refugee Forum praises Turkey for its efforts