Our interview with Secil Kuyucak of IOM (International Organization for Migration)
– How come you decided to do this job?
It was always my dream to work in the NGO sector. I work for IOM (International Organization for Migration). I speak 4 languages and I’m good at coping in stressfful situations with little support.
– Being a woman with a multicultural background has hindered or helped you in your work?
It depends, going to the border wasnt always easy but being a woman helps with suppliers. It facilitates Procurement.
– What do you remember about your first day at the borders? What stories did you collect during your job?
Many vulnerable Syrian families. Once a family offered me their baby because they couldn’t take care of it.
– How have you seen the immigrant/refugees population change since then and what has driven those changes?
It is getting worse. Hope is diminishing every passing year. Poverty and disparity are increasing.
– What are the main problems/real needs for immigrants/refugees?
Income, housing, jobs, recognition from Turkish Republic, residency permit, children going to school, food security, protection gender based violence, refugee lawsand rights, etc.
I think as long as Assad will remain in power, it wont end. Syria will probably be divided in 3 and reconstruction will last 10+ years. The Syrians in Turkey will integrate and eventually become Turkish citizens.