Afsin Evren

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PhD Student

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 105, Room 2.23 / 2.24 / 2.27 / 2.32
44789 Bochum

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Research Interest

  • International Humanitarian Aid and Organizations
  • Refugees and Displaced Persons
  • International Refugee Protection
  • Refugee Integration

PhD Project

Analysis of protection and integration process of non-camp Syrians refugees living under temporary protection in turkey.

After Syrian influx became one of the priority area both in internal and external policy of Turkish Government, The Turkish Government took initiative and has ratified the "Temporary Protection" status to Syrian refugees under Article 91 of the Foreigners and International Protection Law, and the Temporary Protection Regulation on October 22, 2014.
As United Nations Guideline 2014 stated that, temporary protection (TP) is pragmatic "tools" of international protection, reflected in States' commitment and practice of offering sanctuary to those fleeing humanitarian crises.
Temporary protection and the new asylum law still leave many Syrians in limbo in Turkey. Implementation remains uneven and refugees have no recourse if they are denied temporary protection status. The legal reforms don't address the invisibility of Turkey's urban refugees, whose exact needs, from food to shelter and education, are unknown.
Many acknowledge that Syrians are likely to stay in Turkey for a long time to come and that they present Turkey with costly challenges. A recent research made by The Hacettepe University Migration and Politics Research Centre-HUGO, support the idea as "although the Syrians living in Turkey state that they may eventually return if a peaceful environment is established in their country, they admit that it is becoming impossible in short and middle terms. Therefore, that a significant amount of Syrians will not turn back and permanently stay in Turkey is an evident reality."
The purpose of this study is formulated as "to examine current protection and integration procedure of Non camp Syrian refugees living under temporary protection in Turkey".
Research Questions:

1: Does Temporary protection regulation in Turkey fulfill rights of Syrians in the context of Social, Housing, Employment, Legal, Education, and Health Care?
2: What is the integration process of Syrians in Turkey in the context of legal, socio- economic and Socio-cultural.

According to Registered Syrian refugees in urban locations in Turkey of UNHCR, Syrians live in in the city of Kilis, Hatay, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa and Istanbul therefore the study field will be carried on these cities where Syrian refugee population live in. In order to better understand the gravity of the situation, it should be underlined that non camp Syrians consist approx. 90% of total Syrians who settled in Turkey and this reflect to most vulnerable groups comparing to in-camp Syrians.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze


since 2015: PhD Student in International Development Studies
(Ruhr University Bochum,Germany)
05/2014 - 1/2015: Field Coordinator- Support to Life- International
Non-Governmental Organization
11/2013 - 05/2014: Senior Distribution Officer- DRC (Danish Refugee Council)
International Non-Governmental Organization
10/2012 - 12/2013:   Field Coordinator (Consultancy)- DRC (Danish Refugee Council)
International Non-Governmental Organization
12/2012 - 09/2013:   Project Manager- Support to Life- International Non-Governmental
08/2011 - 12/2012:   Freelance Project Writer for EU and National funded Projects
11/2007 - 07/2011:   Case Worker and Cultural Orientation Trainer (ICMC -International
Catholic Migration Commission)
2004 - 2006:  Master Degree in European Studies- Westminster University, London, UK
1994 - 1999: Bachelor Degree in Communication Sciences- Anatolia University-
The Faculty of Science of Communication-Eskişehir-Turkey