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Barış Can Sever

The Role of Non-State Actors for Refugees in Turkey, page 127 - 130

Local Integration of Syrian Refugees in Mersin

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Appendix Interview Questions 1. In which institution are you currently working? a. Professional Chamber b. Civil Society Organization c. University/Faculty-Institute-Research Center-Department d. City Council e. Religious Communities f. International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) g. Other 2. How long have you been working in the area of migration and refugee integration? 3. How many people are you working with? 4. Do you have funds, if yes, what are these funds? 5. Are there any branches of your organization in respect to the migration and refugee integration? 6. How do you communicate with people coming from Syria? 7. Have you contacted them since the beginning of their escape from Syria in 2011? 8. If not, why did you reach them later than 2011? 9. In what areas have you worked for integration of Syrians refugees? (you can choose more than one). Can you elaborate on your works regarding the selected areas? a. Education b. Health c. Employment d. Skills development e. Support for official issues f. Language g. Other 127 10. Which groups or individuals have you cooperated with for the integration of Syrians to Mersin? a. State actors: b. Non-state actors: 11. For which Syrian groups have you mostly provided services? (Multiple choice) Can you elaborate on your services for the selected groups? a. Children b. Youth c. Women d. LGBTI Individuals e. Other Disadvantageous Groups f. Other 12. What are the informative sources that you utilized during the preparations of your works? (Multiple Choice) a. Observations b. Institutional Experiences c. Surveys and Field Works d. Reports e. International Sources f. Experiences g. Other h. All of them 13. Were your works formulated in order to respond the basic needs of Syrians or their integration in Mersin? (Multiple choice) Can you explain the selected ones with the details? a. Only covering the basic needs of people b. Attempting to increase the integration works in living areas c. Contribution to midterm and long-term integration 14. Have you known about the harmonization policies of the state and local authorities? Appendix 128 15. If yes, what are the implementations of these policies? 16. How do you evaluate them? 17. Have you taken a part of similar implementations of the policies? 18. What are the positive and negative aspects of the state policy for the integration process of Syrian refugees? 19. Do you think that your works are supplementary to the state policy and actions on this issue? 20. Have you worked for covering the lack of policies and implementations during this process? 21. Have you made any contribution to the positive aspects of the process? 22. If yes, how did you contribute? 23. What are the positive and negative aspects of the process of Syrians’ integration to Mersin? 24. Concerning your experiences and the needs of Syrians refugees, have you ever changed the content and method of your works during this process? 25. If yes, what were the main factors to make the changes? 26. What is your opinion about the future of Syrians in Turkey? Why? a. Right to citizenship b. Remaining with current statute c. Moving to other countries, particularly Europe d. A gradual process for the integration e. Turning back to Syria after the possible ending of the war f. Other… 27. Do you think that Syrians will be integrated into the society and how long can this process last? 28. What are the elements that can accelerate this process in a healthy way? Appendix 129

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In this research, the theoretical and conceptual debates on the local integration of refugees and the role of non-state actors in the integration are brought together. Their investigation take place in the nexus of migration management, the implementation of the states and non-state actors on the field. Particularly, the local integra-tion is examined through the Syrians’ stay in Mersin/Turkey. In the methodology part of this research, semi-structured interviews were applied to 20 non-state actors in Mersin (Summer 2017) in order to have an idea about the role that they have played in the local integration of Syrian refugees. In this way, while the profiles of selected non-state actors in the field were revealed, their participation and contribution to the integration pro-cess were interpreted.


In dieser Studie werden die theoretischen und konzeptionellen Debatten über die lokale Integration von Flüchtlingen und die Rolle nichtstaatlicher Akteure bei der Integration zusammengebracht. Diese werden im Umfeld des Zusammenhangs mit dem Migrationsmanagement, der Umsetzung der Staaten und der nichtstaatlichen Akteure vor Ort betrachtet. Insbesondere wird die lokale Integration durch den Aufenthalt der Syrer in der türkischen Stadt Mersin untersucht. Im methodischen Teil dieser Studie wurden zwanzig nichtstaatliche Akteure in Mersin (Sommer 2017) mit halbstrukturierten Interviews befragt, um eine Vorstellung davon zu bekommen, welche Rolle sie bei der lokalen Integration syrischer Flüchtlinge gespielt haben. Auf diese Weise wurden zwar die Profile ausgewählter nichtstaatlicher Akteure in diesem Bereich aufgedeckt, ihre Beteiligung und ihr Beitrag zum Integrationsprozess interpretiert.