Enabling dignity in urban displacement
More needs to be done to assist Syrian refugees in accessing civil documentation and thereby public services in host countries. In addition to information and counseling, the most vulnerable require case management and financial support.
The eligibility criteria and application periods for temporary protection IDs in Turkey and birth registration in Lebanon have changed over time. Without these documents, refugees have difficulty accessing vital services, such as public education and (advanced) health care. Other sought-after documentation includes: marriage certificates and legal/residency status.
Refugees require continuously updated information on the regulations and services specific to their province. The most vulnerable refugees also require case management and accompaniment to providers of documentation, medical, educational, and legal services. In some cases, they need financial support to cover document application and processing fees.
RPI and its local implementing partners work to meet these needs by:
- Providing Syrian refugees in Turkey with guidance on documentation procedures and referrals to service providers to legitimize and support their stay
- Providing individual case management to the most vulnerable refugees: interpretation/translation, accompaniment to service providers, and support with completing application forms
- Counseling and financially assisting Syrian refugees in Lebanon to register the births of their children
- Providing psychosocial support and referrals to psychologists for IDP children in besieged areas of Syria
- Considering providing, once war has ended, information and counseling on housing, land, and property restitution and reparation
Counseling and Case Management
6,715 Syrians in Turkey received consultations on how to access vital documentation and medical, legal, and educational services. 220 Syrian refugees in Lebanon are targeted for support with birth registration.
Supporting Mental Health
In Syria, our partner provided 190 children and trainers with psychosocial programming.