Turkey is a natural bridge that combines east and west for foreigners according to geographical position. The most important reason for this situation is the geopolitical importance of Turkey. When migration routes are considered, Turkey is a natural bridge that combines East and West for foreigners due to its geographical position. Another reason is Turkey's increasing economic strength and political stability. Turkey's "transit country" position has changed in terms of immigration movements in recent years and our country has also become a "target country" at the same time.

In this context, an effective institutional structure was needed in terms of effective management of immigration problems, like the examples in the world, equipped with human rights-focused, qualified personnel and a robust infrastructure that develops and implements strategy and current policies. For these reasons, Turkey has introduced new regulations in order to identify and implement more effective policies on migration. The most important of these regulations is the Law No. 6458 on Foreigners and International Protection, which was published in the Official Gazette dated 11.04.2013 and numbered 28615.

The Foreigners and International Protection Act has ensured the rights of migrants and international protection seekers by placing an effective asylum and immigration management on a sound legal basis. With this law, the legal framework of immigrant and refugee rights has been adapted to international standards. With this law, the General Directorate of Immigration has also aimed to organize in 81 cities, 148 districts and abroad.

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Interior Directorate General of Migration Management shares below links with the extensive data on annual immigration reports, immigration statistics, articles, and books.


TURKSAT is the institute that sets the basic principles and standards for the production and organization of official statistics. It has undertaken the task of compiling and evaluating data and information in the fields respectively; Employment, Unemployment and Wages, Inflation & Price, Foreign Trade, Construction and Housing, Industry, Trade and Services, Agriculture, Environment and Energy, Population and Demography Income, Living, Consumption and Poverty, Education, Culture, Sport and Tourism, Health and Social Protection, Science, Technology and Information, Society Justice and Election, Transportation and Communication, Economic Confidence


İŞKUR, in line with labor market needs; and to provide intermediation services to find work and workers. It aims to facilitate, protect, develop and diversify employment through active programs to increase the employability of the workforce and provide temporary incentives for lost work. You can access monthly employment statistics from the link below.


The Ministry of Health aims to protect the health of individuals and communities at the highest level with a human-centered approach and to provide timely, appropriate and effective solutions to health problems. In this context, you can access the 2013-2017 Health Strategy Plan from below.


The Ministry of Development has the tasks of preparing the development plan, medium term program, annual programs, strategies and action plans by analyzing and working on national and local level in the areas of macro economic, sectoral (social and economic) and regional development. In this context, the Ministry of Development presents additional statistics, indicators, OECD economic surveys, development plans, etc. to the TURKSTAT data through the links below.


Welcome to the homepage of the Data for Refugees (D4R) Challenge Workshop. This workshop will gather stakeholders seeking to use Big Data for improving the living conditions of refugees. The Challenge participants will present their findings at the Workshop, and Awards will be distributed on different categories:
Health, education, social integration, unemployment, safety & security, respectively.

The presentations will be in English.

Date and Location

This workshop will take place on the 5th of November 2018 at Boğaziçi University, Albert Long Hall.

Participation and Registration

The workshop is free to attend, but security requires the names of attendees to enter the university on the day of the workshop. Please register if you like to attend.

First Name
Last Name
Tentative Program

09:00 - 09:30   Opening talks (Boğaziçi University, TUBITAK, Türk Telekom)
09:30 - 10:00   D4R Challenge Award Ceremony
10:00 - 12:00   Oral presentations from challenge participants
12:00 - 14:00   Lunch break and poster presentations from challenge participants
14:00 - 16:00   Oral presentations from challenge participants
16:00 - 17:00   Group meetings for challenge areas

Targeted Outcomes

The aim of the Workshop is to disseminate the findings of the D4R Challenge to a wider public. 31 research groups will present their results in the Workshop. The group meetings will bring the Challenge participants together to initiate a recommendations document (to be completed after the Workshop). These recommendations will be compiled in a jointly-authored chapter in the forthcoming book:

Salah, A.A., A. Pentland, B. Lepri, E. Letouze, P. Vinck, Y.A. de Montjoye, X. Dong (eds.), Guide to Mobile Data Analytics in Refugee Scenarios, Springer International, forthcoming.

Furthermore, a white paper in Turkish will be edited from the Challenge outcomes to be shared with the authorities.


Scientific Committee
Albert Ali Salah, Boğaziçi University
Alex Pentland, MIT
Bruno Lepri, FBK
Emmanuel Letouze, Data-Pop Alliance
Patrick Vinck, Harvard University
Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Imperial College London
Xiaowen Dong, University of Oxford

Project Evaluation Committee
Senem Özyavuz, Turk Telekom
Iyad Rahwan, MIT
Anahi Ayala Iacucci, Internews
Bülent Sankur, Boğaziçi University
Yıldırım Bahadırlar, TUBITAK BILGEM
Alex Rutherford, MIT
Claire Melamed, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Jean-Marie Garelli, UNHCR
Ahmad Garibeh, Istanbul & I
Geoffrey Charles Fox, Indiana University
Josephine Goube, Techfugees
Fırat Yaman Er, Turk Telekom
Phuong Pham, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Mithat Büyükhan, TC Ministry of Education
Mazen AboulHosn, IOM
Ömer Hakan Şimşek, TC Ministry of Health
Nona Zicherman, UNICEF
Manuel Garcia-Herranz, UNICEF
Vedran Sekara, UNICEF


Albert Ali Salah, salah@boun.edu.tr

Attention Please

PROJECT GROUPS SUBMIT PROPOSALS has been extended until March 23, 2018.