Turkey — Migrant Presence Monitoring Yearly Report (2021)




DTM Turkey, DTMTurkey@iom.int
Period Covered
Jan 01 2021
Dec 31 2021
  • 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 5* million foreign nationals present in Turkish territory, 3.7* million of whom are seeking international protection. Most of those seeking international protection are Syrians (3,737,369* individuals: 3,685,898* urban caseload and 51,471* residing in camps) who are granted temporary protection status in Turkey.

According to DGMM, as of end of 2021, there were 29,256* international protection applicants most frequently nationals of  Afghanistan, Iraq and The Islamic Republic of Iran constitute another group of foreign nationals seeking Turkish humanitarian and legal protection.1 There is an increase of ~93,000 individuals in the number of Syrian nationals in comparison to last year’s figures. In addition, there are 1,314,181* 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, 162,996* irregular migrants of different nationalities were apprehended Turkey in 2021.

*Data source DGMM, 31.12.2021