MSF staff delivering medical supplies in Akcakale camp in Turkey

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit south of Turkey and northwest Syria on 6 February 2023. Our teams are responding in the affected regions. So far, the United Nations has estimated that there are more than 9,000 people wounded and 2,300 dead. 

Our teams are responding in affected regions. Click here to read the latest updates on our response to this emergency.

Türkiye (formerly Turkey) hosts the largest refugee and asylum seeker population in the world – just over four million – nearly 3.7 million of whom are Syrian.*

Around 90 per cent of Syrian refugees in Türkiye live in precarious conditions outside camp settings with insufficient access to basic public services.

We provide financial and technical support to local NGOs working with refugees and asylum seekers in Türkiye. Teams in Türkiye also give remote support to medical staff in Syria.

*UNHCR Refugee Statistics, 2021

Our activities in Turkey in 2021

 Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021.

MSF IN TURKEY IN 2021 Turkey hosts the largest refugee population in the world – over four million – including more than 3.7 million Syrian nationals.*

In 2021, Doctors Without Borders continued to provide technical and financial support to local organisations with a focus on offering services to migrants and refugees in Istanbul. 

In addition, we supported a local partner to distribute essential relief items, including hygiene kits, blankets and plastic sheeting, to over 1,200 refugee families in Izmir. 

*United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, 2021

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