UNICEF Turkey Humanitarian Situation Report #10, June 2017 – ReliefWeb
The extension of the national Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE) was officially launched in June at a ceremony with representatives from the Government of Turkey, ECHO and UNICEF. The CCTE aims to promote attendance, reduce drop-out, and encourage enrolment for some 230,000 vulnerable refugee children.
UNICEF signed a two-year rolling work plan with the Ombudsman Institution in Turkey to strengthen its capacity to manage children’s rights cases and carry out evidence-based advocacy actions.
UNICEF renewed its partnership with the GAP Regional Development Administration and the Development Foundation of Turkey to reach 80,000 Turkish and Syrian adolescents and youth with social cohesion activities.
Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs
The number of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers registered in Turkey approached 3.4 million, with over 79,000 newly registered in June. More than 3 million are Syrians – including 1.4 million children – while the remaining 315,643 are nationals primarily from Afghanistan (136,763) and Iraq (133,815).
According to UNHCR, 31,226 Syrian refugees spontaneously returned to Syria in 2017, 20,314 of whom returned from Turkey .
To date in 2017, nearly 9,300 people successfully crossed from Turkey to Greece by sea, a 38% decrease compared to the last six months of 2016.
Nevertheless, numbers remain significantly higher than in previous months, indicating that the warming weather is encouraging more crossings – and with it, increased risks for children. In June, 2,012 people arrived from Turkey to Greece by sea and an additional 2,694 people were rescued or apprehended in the attempt, including 66 children identified as at-risk.
Under the framework of the EU-Turkey Statement, five rounds of returns took place in June for 48 people (all adult single males), bringing the total number of people re-admitted to Turkey to 1,229, since the Statement came into effect in March 2016.