The fourth activity of “the Harmonization – Just Us Conversations” organized by the Harmonization and Communication Department of our General Directorate with the cooperation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was conducted in Kayseri on Thursday 8 August 2019.
Deputy Governor of Kayseri Ali USLANMAZ, our Acting President of Harmonization and Communication Department Ali Rıza BEŞKAT, UNHCR Representatives İsmet YASAK and İhsan Reşat ÖZKAN, our Kayseri Provincial Migration Management Director Mücahit YUMAK; along with the representatives of public institutions and organizations, representatives of non-governmental organizations, opinion leaders, local and foreign guests attended the meeting.
In his opening speech, Kayseri Deputy Governor Ali USLANMAZ said, “Our country is hosting a very significant number of migrants in line with our heritage and traditions coming from our ancestors. One of the most important reasons of this situation is that our country is a safe harbour. Today with these people here; we are carrying out these activities in order to ensure a more peaceful life and better communication in our country during the time that they stay in our country”
Mentioning the studies carried out for 5 million foreigners from 192 different nationalities in our country; in his speech, our Acting President of Harmonization and Communication Department Ali Rıza BEŞKAT said, “With the harmonization activities that we carry out, we are trying to encourage our guests to participate in all areas of social life without the mediation of third parties with the authority and duty granted by our Law. Our related public institutions and organizations also provide very important services in the basic components of harmonization. While offering these services, we expect our guests; to obey the laws in Turkey, to reach the correct information and not resort to incorrect information and to obtain information from public institutions, not from your social environment. If you have any questions or problems, you may call our call center “YİMER 157”, you can access the correct information and benefit from the rights and services by going to our provincial migration managements and governorships.
Kayseri Provincial Migration Management Director Mücahit YUMAK also explained the provincial activities and said the following: “Beyond only registering the people coming to our city, we take a humanistic approach and try to touch their lives in general”.
Folk dances from different cultures, music concerts and videos prepared to raise awareness took place in the activity; Migration Expert Gamze FURTUN made an informative presentation on the activities carried out in the field of social harmonization.
Representatives from various public institutions and organizations made informative presentations about “Local Studies in the Field of Social Harmonization, Culture of Living Together, Role of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and Municipalities in Social Harmonization etc.” in “Just Us Conversations” activity.
The last part of the event was moderated by our Acting President of Department Ali Rıza BEŞKAT. Suggestions from local and foreign participants were conveyed, requests and questions from the participants were answered.
“Harmonization-Just Us Conversations”, which is planned to be held in the provinces where international protection applicants and status holders and other migrant groups live intensively, especially Syrians under temporary protection, will continue in 14 provinces.