European Journalists Visited EU-funded Facility Projects in Hatay
13 European journalists from 11 different media channels across Europe visited several projects in Hatay which are funded by the European Union under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey. The press trip was organized with the aim of providing the participants with in-depth background information on the EU’s commitment to supporting Turkey in its efforts to host the largest number of refugees in the world, especially from Syria. The journalists were welcomed by the Head of EU Delegation Ambassador Christian Berger and Ambassador of Germany Martin Erdmann who gave an overview of the assistance the EU and Germany are providing to refugees and host communities in Turkey and also in the region.
The welcoming meeting was followed by the meeting with the representatives of ILO, Mustafa Kemal University and the beneficiaries of the project who receive trainings about job creation and entrepreneurship opportunities for Syrians and the host communities. The journalists then met with Syrian university students who receive a scholarship through the project implemented by the international NGO SPARK. The journalists were shown the activities of the Kızılay Community Center in Reyhanlı including mobile phone repair classes, Turkish language courses, child friendly space and psycho-social support areas.
The ground-breaking ceremony of the Hatay Dörtyol State Hospital brought together the European journalists and 20 EU Ambassadors. The hospital construction will end in 2 years and will serve Turkish people and refugees alike with its 250-bed capacity. The WHO's Migrant Health Training Centre was the last stop of the EU journalists where they had chance to talk to Syrian doctors and nurses who are trained to be able to practice their profession under the Turkish health system.
The press trip provided the European journalists with the on-site information in different sectors including health, higher education, infrastructure and socio-economic support. Within two days the journalists were able to visit project sites, had face-to-face meetings with the beneficiaries of the projects and got a sense of the achievements of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey.