Located on the important migration routes due to its geographical position, Turkey has experienced and hosted a lot of migration processes, both large and small.
While Turkey’s climbing economic power makes it an attractive place for migration movements, political instabilities in the peripheral geography is another component encouraging migration to Turkey.
Turkey has been a country of origin of migration until recently; whereas, today it has also become a target country because of its increasing economic power and stability.
Our Presidency was assigned with some duties on Harmonization, as required by article 96 of Law on Foreigners and International Protection.
ARTICLE 96 – (1) In order to facilitate the mutual harmonization of the society and of foreigner, applicant or beneficiary of international protection and to equip them with knowledge and skills that will facilitate their self-reliance in all spheres of their social lives without any dependency to third persons in our country, in the resettlement countries or in their home countries when they return, the Presidency may plan harmonization activities within the bounds of economic and financial possibilities of our country, also taking advantage of the recommendations and contributions of public institutions and organizations, local administrations, non-governmental organizations, universities and international organizations.
(2) Foreigners may attend introductory courses in which the political structure, language, legal system, culture and history of the country as well as their rights and obligations are explained.
(3) The Presidency shall, in cooperation with public institutions and organizations as well as non-governmental organizations, increase courses, distant education and similar systems to implement awareness and information campaigns on areas such as benefiting from public and private goods and services, access to education and economic activities, social and cultural interaction, and receiving primary healthcare services.
Harmonization activities required by Law on Foreigners and International Protection (YUKK)
To organise some events with a view to facilitating the mutual Harmonization of the foreigners and the applicants or beneficiaries of international protection in our country,
To ensure that they acquire some skills and information enabling them to act independently without needing any third person in every field of social life in our country, in their country of settlement or in the country which they were returned to,
Some courses may be organised where the foreigners are basically informed about the political structure, language, law system, culture and history of the country as well as their rights and obligations.
To organise some courses, distant learning activities and other promotion and information activities through similar systems with regard to benefiting from public and private goods and services, access to economic activities and education, social and cultural communication, receiving basic health-care,
To plan harmonization activities through benefiting from the recommendations and contributions from public institutions and organisations, local government, non-governmental organisations, universities and international organisations.
Harmonization stipulated by Law and in the duties of our Presidency is neither an assimilation nor an integration. It is rather a voluntary harmonisation resulting from mutual understanding of each other between the migrants and the society.
Two-way active interaction and voluntary actions are aimed within the scope of harmonisation arrangements and efforts, and a migrant-oriented approach will be embraced. Harmonization and Communication Department under the organisation of our Presidency is charged with executing the duties and procedures regarding mutual Harmonization of the foreigners with the society.