Reports on Children and Youth

GRYC-Turkey-Summary.pdf

The Global Refugee Youth Consultations (GRYC) were launched in July 2015 at the UNHCR-NGO Consultations in Geneva. A joint initiative of UNHCR and the Women’s Refugee Commission, supported by the Youth and Adolescents in Emergencies Advocacy Group (YAE) , the GRYC are supported by a Coordinator, Project Officer and Advisory Committee (consisting of national and international NGOs, youth representatives and an independent youth expert).

Refugee youth are often left out of activities and programmes organised by the UN, NGOs and other organisations. Youth have skills, capabilities, aspirations and needs that often go unrecognised and are not understood. There is a need to reach out and hear from them about the challenges they face, their visions and what support they need to shape positive futures. The consultations are providing opportunities for refugee youth to discuss issues that affect them with host country youth and representatives from the United Nations, international NGOs, national NGOs and other organizations working with youth in the country. The process aims to place youth at the centre of decision making processes that affect them and to recognize their potential. The target group for this project are young refugees that fit the United Nations definition of ‘Youth’ which is all boys and girls, young women and young men between the ages of 15-24 years.

The national NGO, Refugee Support Centre (RSC), organised the national consultation in Turkey with close cooperation and support from the regional lead organisation, Plan International (Plan), and with extensive support from UNHCR Turkey, the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM), and Save the Children. RSC, ASAM, Plan, and UNHCR Turkey supported the consultation process during preparation, delivery, and debrief. These organisations worked together to coordinate the logistics, including recruitment of facilitators and interpreters, selection of youth, planning for the stakeholders’ meeting, and preparation of materials. The GRYC team, including the GRYC Consultant, GRYC Project Officer, and a global representative from UNHCR in Geneva, worked with them closely to run the consultation.

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