Turkey should ensure access to education for all migrant children

Strasbourg, 20/04/11  – “The Turkish authorities must guarantee access to education for all migrant children, including those in an irregular situation”, says the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, commenting on a letter he sent to the Minister of National Education of the Republic of Turkey.

After a visit to Turkey in 2009 the Commissioner recommended that the authorities address reported shortcomings in providing access to education for all migrant children. Last year the Ministry of National Education took steps, which aimed at facilitating the access to education of foreign nationals. However, the Commissioner notes that the children or their legal guardians still are required to have a work or residence permit. “I am concerned as this will effectively hinder the provision of education to migrant children in an irregular situation”, says the Commissioner.

Read the letter addressed to the Minister of National Education of Turkey
Read the Minister's reply


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