Date posted: April 29, 2013
The Journalists and Writers Foundation Women’s Platform, which hosts many international meetings, is organizing a workshop on “Refugee-Asylum Seeker Policy of Turkey in the Light of Recent Developments” on April 25, 2013.
Refugee issue has become a hot topic in Turkey, especially with the influx of a large number of Syrian people to Turkey due to the current conflict in Syria. In this workshop, the issues will be analyzed, related problems will be identified, and steps towards a solution will be discussed along with the Government and NGOs.
This event will be organized by the Women’s Platform of the Journalists and Writers Foundation, which has General Consultative Status in UN ECOSOC. A speech will be delivered at this workshop by Carol Batchelor, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ representative in Turkey. Several national and international NGO representatives, government officials, journalists, academicians and representatives of diplomatic missions will participate as speakers or panel participants.
The meeting will be a full-day event and will take place at the Rixos Grand Ankara Hotel. A final declaration reflecting the views of the participants will be made at the end of the workshop.
11.00 – 12.30 – Session I
Turkey’s Refugee Policy from International Perspectives
Moderator: Prof. Ömer Çaha, Yıldız Technical University, Department of Political Science and International Relations
Ms. Esen Altuğ, Deputy Director General for Immigration, Asylum and Visas, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ms. Carol Batchelor, UNHCR Turkey Representative
Ms. Meera Sethi, Chief of Mission, IOM Turkey
Mr. Oktay Durukan, Director of Helsinki Citizens Assembly (hCa) Refugee Program
12.30 – 13.30 – Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Session II
Turkey’s Position and Its Practices Pertaining to Syrians in Turkey
Moderator: Prof. Cengiz Başak, Turkish National Police Academy, President of Criminal Justice Head Office
Mr. Turan Erkoç, Advisor, AFAD Turkey (Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency)
Mr. Francois Naucodie, First Counsellor, Political Officer, Foreign Policy, Delegation of the European Commission to Turkey
Prof. Nuray Ekşi, Chair of the Department of Private International Law and Procedure, Yeditepe University
Mr. Metin Çetiner, Vice Chairman, “Kimse Yok Mu” Association
Mr. Yahya Munis- President of GÖÇ-DER
15.00-15.15 – Coffee Break
15.15 – 16.30 Session III
The New Legislation on Refugees in Turkey and The Field Studies
Moderator: Prof. Ahmet Nuri Yurdusev, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University
Taner Kılıç, President of Mülteci-DER, Refugee Rights Coordination Representative
Ms. Nevval Sevindi, Journalist
Grand National Assembly of Turkey the Human Rights Inquiry Committee
Asst. Prof. Zeynep Şahin Mencütek – Gediz University
Migration Research Group Representative
16.30-17.00 – Coffee Break
17.00-17.30 – Session IV
Information on JWF Women’s Platform
JWF Women’s Platform was established in order to solve several problems in an atmosphere of dialogue, in line with the purpose of Journalists and Writers Foundation. Without being advocate for or against a gender, the aim is identification and resolution of existing problems and being another wing and method of generalizing dialogue within the country.
The mission of the platform is to bring together women from different worldviews; to improve the dialogue through the common ground of being human first and then being women; and to put forward some projects for finding solutions not only for women’s problems but for those of all humanity.
Source: Women’s Platform, 28 April 2013