Syrian refugees in Turkey and intercultural sensitivity: Stretching healthcare and education services to their limits

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Karatepe Ç.

in: Social, Human and Administrative Research Papers, Elagöz,İ,Gezer,A.,Yılmaz,A. Erdoğan,G., Editor, Gece Akademi, Ankara, pp.47-62, 2019

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Vocational Book
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Publisher: Gece Akademi
  • City: Ankara
  • Page Numbers: pp.47-62
  • Editors: Elagöz,İ,Gezer,A.,Yılmaz,A. Erdoğan,G., Editor
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Situated at the crossroads, Turkey has to embrace an influx of refugees and immigrant workers coming from the Middle Eastern countries such as Irak and Syria and Turkic countries, such as Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan during the last 30 years. At present, Turkey accommodates around 3.607.563 registered Syrian refugees (2018 statistics) and many additional immigrant workers from different countries. While only 153,413 Syrians live in temporary accommodation centres, others have settled throughout Turkey. The majority has been settled down in four cities: İstanbul (558,548), Şanlıurfa (456,754), Hatay (441,197), Gaziantep (417,013). Besides, six other cities accommodate over 100,000 Syrians each. These are Bursa, İzmir, Konya, Adana, Mersin and Kilis ( Registered refugees gain Temporary Protection Status, which provides individuals to gain access to services, such as health care, education, social assis-tance and translation   (cf. Yıldırım et al. 2019).