Turkey — Quarterly Migrant Presence Monitoring (October-December 2020)




DTM Turkey, dtmturkey@iom.int
Period Covered
Oct 01 2020
Dec 31 2020
  • Flow Monitoring Survey
  • Flow Monitoring
  • Migrants presence

According to the latest available figures from the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM), there are more than 4.5* million foreign nationals present in Turkish territory, 3.7 million of whom are seeking international protection. Most are Syrians (3,643,769 individuals) who are granted temporary protection status. In addition, international protection applicants from countries including Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq constitute another group of foreign nationals. According to DGMM, as of end of 2019, there were 56,417 international protection applicants present in Turkey1. Since September 2020 the number of Syrians residing in camps has decreased by 791.

In addition, there are 817,898 foreign nationals present in Turkey holding residency permits including humanitarian residence holders. The exact number of the humanitarian residence holders is unknown, but it is
estimated that there are a few thousand humanitarian resident holders. According to DGMM, 122,302 irregular migrants of different nationalities were apprehended in Turkey
at the fourth quarter. This figure was 93,402 in the previous reporting period (Q3) of 2020.