“Migration Management and Harmonization Workshop” organized by the Izmir Provincial Directorate of Migration Management with the cooperation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Izmir Office was conducted in Izmir between 26 August 2019 and 28 August 2019. Our Deputy General Director Dr. Gökçe OK, our President of Harmonization and Communication Department Dr. Aydın KESKİN KADIOĞLU, UNHCR Turkey Representative Katharina LUMPP, Izmir Provincial Directorate of Migration Management Acting Director Hüseyin YAVUZ, UNHCR Izmir Office Director Taylan DAĞCI, UNHCR Izmir Office Personnel, Provincial Directors, Migration Experts, Provincial Migration Experts and academicians participated in the workshop. Speaking in the program, our Deputy General Director Dr. Gökçe OK said: “The ideas to be expressed here are very valuable, I attach great importance to the fact that provincial directorates can produce projects independently from the general directorate, we expect this from other provinces existing here and we expect this from 81 provinces. I would like to thank İzmir Provincial Directorate of Migration Management on behalf of all of you since they organized the workshop and made it possible for us to come together.
UNHCR Turkey Representative Katharina LUMPP said: "I would like to express my most sincere gratitude to General Directorate of Migration Management for leading the refugee intervention in Turkey with such a comprehensive and inclusive legal framework." Izmir Migration Management Acting Director Hüseyin HAVUZ said: “As a result of the first regional meeting with the participation of our Provincial Directorates in constant communication and interaction, I believe that we will be able to provide solutions to common problems and guide each other with the best practices in the processes carried out by the provinces.” On the first day of the workshop, Migration Expert Sultan Merve KÜÇÜKİKİZ and UNHCR's Deputy Director of the Refugee Protection Unit Irmak GÜNGÖR made a presentation about “Temporary Protection and Supporting Provincial Directorates Project”. Migration Expert Barış AKYÜZ made a presentation about “Registration and International Protection Status Determination Processes”. After the presentations, the needs analysis of the provincial directorates was made and the opinions and demands of the participants were received. Speaking on the second day of the workshop, our President of Harmonization and Communication Department Dr. Aydın KESKİN KADIOĞLU talked about General Directorate of Migration Management’s point of view regarding the harmonization in Turkey. Referring to the Harmonization Strategy and Action Plan, KADIOĞLU mentioned that the activities of the institutions and organizations are important in terms of guiding the institutions about what they should do during the action plan.
Migration Expert Salih Aykut ÖZEN made an informative presentation about the harmonization activities carried out by the Department of Harmonization and Communication. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayselin Gözde YILDIZ from Yaşar University, Prof. Dr. Abbas TÜRNÜKLÜ from Dokuz Eylül University and Dr. Instructor Filiz KÜNÜROĞLU from İzmir Katip Çelebi University made a presentation. On the third day of the workshop; Migration Expert Ahmet KÜÇÜKİKİZ made a presentation about the procedures carried out by the General Directorate of Migration Management for Irregular Migration and Provincial Migration Expert Özlem UZUNOĞLU made a presentation about the procedures carried out by Izmir Provincial Directorate of Migration Management Combatting Irregular Migration Working Group Department. The workshop, which aims to support the coordination between the Provincial Directorates of Migration Management in the Aegean Region, especially on Migration Management and Harmonization Activities, ended with a certificate ceremony.