The first of the “Migration, Security and Social Harmonization Regional High Level Workshops” organized by our General Directorate Harmonization and Communication Department with the cooperation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in which the migration, security and social harmonization issues were consulted with the participation of high level representatives of related institutions and organizations at the regional level, was conducted.
Our General Director Abdullah AYAZ, our Deputy General Director Dr. Gökçe OK, our President of Harmonization and Communication Department Dr. Aydın Keskin Kadıoğlu, our President of Combatting Irregular Migration Department Ramazan SEÇİLMİŞ, our President of Migration Policies and Projects Department Mehmet PARLAK, our President of Training Department Nagihan ÖNDER, UNHCR Turkey Acting Representative Jean Marie GARELLI, Turkish Red Crescent Migration and Refugee Services Director Bayram SELVİ, General Secretary of Union of Municipalities Assoc. Prof. Dr. Birol EKİCİ, President of Department of Internal Security Strategies Dr. Can Ozan TUNCER, Academician Prof Dr. Murat ERDOĞAN along with governors of Trabzon, Amasya, Artvin, Bartın, Bayburt, Bolu, Çorum, Düzce, Giresun, Gümüşhane, Karabük, Kastamonu, Ordu, Rize, Samsun, Sinop, Tokat, Zonguldak and mayors and top officials of public institutions and organizations at provincial level joined the event which was held in Trabzon on 27 September Friday, covering all provinces in the Black Sea region.
Our General Director Abdullah AYAZ made the opening speech and said: “As Turkey, we manage migration by taking into account the delicate balance between public security and human rights”. Pointing out that the migration is as old as human history, our General Director said: “Throughout history, humanity has witnessed and continues to witness many different migration movements for many different reasons. As of yesterday, the number of migrants worldwide has risen to 270 million, the number of displaced people with force is over 70 million and the number of migrants with refugee status exceeds 25 million”.
Although the humanity has witnessed many different migration movements throughout the history, our General Director emphasized that a perspective lacking empathy and humanity towards migration and migrants has never reached such a high level in any period of history and continued: “I do not know exactly whether there was a period in which that everything happening in the field of migration is seen as numbers, statistics and figures; that irregular migration apprehension, every day, every year and every month in which there is no asylum application is considered as a profit; the main causes of migration from Libya to Mexico, from Manus Island, which was used as a concentration camp off Australia, to the African coasts, to Hungary, were not addressed; the search for solutions to the main problems in the countries originating migration has been so weak. Considering the point that we arrived there are migration and migrants and they will continue to exist, unless there are basic solutions in the countries of origin.”
In interviews that he made with migrants from different regions of Turkey, Our General Director determined that, the main factor that makes people migrate is that they have no hope in the places where they have been and he said: “As long as these hopes are not flourished, they will continue to migrate, otherwise they know that they can die on the road, they will not have a paradise in the countries that they will go to and they will face many different challenges. In the winter months of this year when the snow melted, we came across tens of migrants’ corpses who lost their lives trying to cross our Van border and actually this is the most important evidence in front of us.
While these are being experienced all over the world, our General Manager stated that during the period starting from 2011 the geography of Anatolia has been subjected to a large influx of immigrants that it has not faced throughout history and said that they have been trying to manage this process in cooperation with related institutions and organizations, law enforcement units and governorships since then. He also underlined that great steps were taken in this process, both legally and administratively.
Governor of Trabzon İsmail Ustaoğlu stated that the Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu could not attend the meeting due to the earthquake in Istanbul. The Governor of Trabzon stated that many workshops were held in Trabzon on social benefits, bringing children and young people into education and training, health services and other fundamental rights, and said "There is no significant distress in terms of our province, so to say, we are trying to entertain our guests well in the brotherhood of ensar (helper) migrants."
UNHCR Deputy Representative Jean Marie Garelli emphasized that only 10 countries host more than 63 percent of the World's refugees and said “Turkey continues to be the World's most refugee hosting country with 4 million refugees and asylum seekers. Turkey continues to maintain the tradition of making the necessary efforts to meet the needs of refugees and asylum seekers arriving in the country for so long and has placed this tradition on solid ground with a comprehensive and rights-based legal framework, such as the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.”
In the event, the relevant stakeholders of the migration management, which is concerned with numerous institutions and sectors, came together and exchanged ideas and the current developments in the region were consulted; the presentations were made about: “Migration Management in Turkey” by our General Director Abdullah AYAZ, “Migration and Security” by President of Internal Security Strategies Department Can Ozan Tuncer, “Syrian Crisis and Humanitarian Aids from Past to Present” by Turkish Red Crescent Migration and Refugee Services Director Bayram SELVİ, “The Role of Municipalities and Civil Society in Social Harmonization and Collaborations at Local Level” by General Secretary of Union of Municipalities Assoc. Prof. Dr. Birol EKİCİ, “Social Harmonization” by Prof. Dr. Murat ERDOĞAN, “Conducted Harmonization Activities” by our Harmonization and Communication Department President Dr. Aydın Keskin KADIOĞLU, “Social Tension Events and Monitoring” by UNHCR Representative Gökçe SARAYDIN.
“Migration, Security and Social Harmonization Regional High Level Workshops” will be held in 7 regions of Turkey.