Concerns and Confusion: Afghan refugees and migrants in Turkey face COVID-related challenges every day

Afghan voices from Turkey

Turkey has one of the highest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the Middle East. To stop the fast-growing outbreak, the government of Turkey imposed various measures. Apart from restricted freedom of movement and increased barriers to accessing basic services and needs, following the partial suspension of Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) activities, it is not clear how migrants and refugees are affected by COVID-19 and government measures to control the disease. Hence, to get an initial sense, MMC conducted eleven semi-structured interviews with migrants and refugees as well as community leaders and NGO representatives between 14 April and 19 May 2020. Being the largest group of irregular arrivals in Turkey since 2017, the focus was on Afghan refugees and migrants in Turkey.

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