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Iranian Refugees' Alliance Inc. (IRA Inc.) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
"When the refugee has to stand around
food bazaars until dark to collect rotten fruits and vegetables, just to
combat hunger; when her/his mind is always preoccupied with rent, water and
electricity bills, clothing and food; when s/he has to split six eggs and
four potatoes for three meals; how can one expect such an overburdened and
vulnerable refugee to become active in affecting her/his fate or the fate of
the community. "
from Sulayman, Turkey
" For a long time our only hope was to
find a job and look forward for the help of a few friends. But then came a
message of hope from the other side of the world. A message from the big
hearts of kind and concerned people. ... Ah, I can't explain the light that
this hope has brought to our dark nights. I can't explain the energy it has
given us... Oh, my god, I didn't know that we had so many friends, feeling so
lonely here! I wish you could see my tears of joy. I thank you dearly for
remembering us and for your understanding. My little son is thankful
from a mother refugee, Turkey
In the past three decades Turkey has remained an important destination country for Iranian asylum seekers. Over the last decade, it has been the second most important destination country for Iranian asylum seekers, with an average of 2,650 applications per year.
Because Turkey does not recognize non-Europeans as refugees, resettlement in a third country is the only option available to Iranian refugees who flee to Turkey . Turkish law requires Iranian asylum seekers to apply for "temporary asylum" immediately after their arrival. They are then given a certain period of time to seek resettlement in a third country with the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). To be resettled, a refugee must first be recognized by UNHCR. Delays can be long. During this time they have no access to work or social assistance. They are required to pay a high administrative fee to obtain a temporary resident permit, or ikamet. While UNHCR used to provide financial stipends to those it recognized as refugees, in recent years even recognized refugees receive very limited or no financial assistance at all from the UNHCR due to the agency's budget constraints. In UNHCR's own words:
Financial assistance not only is a humanitarian act, but it also enables refugees to pursue their casework more efficiently and expedites their resettlement.
IRA-INC has established two funds to try to meet some of the dire needs of Iranian asylum seekers and refugees in Turkey. Since 1993 a total of $620,977 has been distributed to more than 1,600 families.
- The Support Fund for
At-Risk Iranian Refugees in Turkey
- The Fund to Support Iranian Refugee Children in Turkey