Refugees in Istanbul

Sultanbeyli, Istanbul: A Case Study of Refugees in Towns

The Sultanbeyli, Istanbul case study report focuses on social integration of Syrian refugees. Different than many refugee-receiving countries where refugees are placed in camps upon their arrival, in Turkey, more than 90% of all refugees live in cities. As the protracted nature of the crisis has become apparent in time, they started to move to the big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir. This case study looks at how they are changing the urban fabric and relying on reserves of social capital to transform a low-income neighborhood of Istanbul.