UN World Food Programme: Tracking Social Cohesion in Turkey

The first wave of data from RIWI’s UN-commissioned social cohesion tracker in Turkey – comparing the views of Syrian refugees and Turkish nationals – has been released in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP, within the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN), used RIWI’s continuous monitoring to gauge differential levels of social cohesion between Turkish citizens and refugees. RIWI technology allowed the WFP to access populations that are exceptionally challenging to engage in a statistically reliable and geographically precise manner, such as Syrian refugees along the Turkey-Syria border. These data are from the first of three waves of survey deployment, with the first wave completed in August 2017. The survey asked questions on four key themes: social interaction; economic implications; assistance provision; and safety, security and stability.

Turkey is home to the largest refugee population in the world, with over 3.2 million Syrian refugees, and over 320,000 people from countries such as Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Somalia who claim asylum status. The results provide previously unexamined insights into the lives and opinions of both groups alike. Overall, refugees tend to have a strong sense of gratitude, both to the Turkish state and toward individuals they encounter on a daily basis. On the contrary, Turkish respondents are largely polarized on many of these issues, which indicates the need for further tracking.

Full report available here: Social Cohesion in Turkey

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