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Migration: Refugees and Health: Turkey
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Turkey retains a geographic limitation to its ratification of the 1951 United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees, which means that only those fleeing as a consequence of events occurring in Europe can settle in Turkey on a permanent basis. All refugees entering Turkey from the Middle East, Asia, or Africa must obtain refugee status from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and a temporary residence permit (ikamet) from the Turkish government.

All refugees with an ikamet and UNHCR refugee status have access to free or partly paid medical/hospi…

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Taraghi, Cherie, “Migration: Refugees and Health: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0273c>
First published online: 2009

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