Temporary protection identification document


Country Report: Temporary protection identification document Last updated: 11/01/22



The TPR provides a registration procedure and envisions the issuing of Temporary Protection Identification Documents (Geçici Koruma Kimlik Belgesi) to beneficiaries upon registration.[1] This card serves as the document asserting the concerned person’s status as a beneficiary of temporary protection.

Article 25 TPR explicitly excludes temporary protection beneficiaries from the possibility of long-term legal integration in Turkey. According to Article 25, the Temporary Protection Identification Document issued to beneficiaries does not serve as residence permit as such, may not lead to “long term residence permit” in Turkey in accordance with Articles 42 and 43 LFIP.

Temporary Protection Identification Documents list a Foreigners Identification Number (YKN) assigned to each beneficiary by the Directorate General of Population and Citizenship Affairs. In Turkey, all legally resident foreign nationals are assigned YKN which serve to facilitate their access to all government services. International protection applicants and status holders within the framework of LFIP are also given such YKN. Currently, YKN assigned to all categories of legally resident foreign nationals, including temporary protection beneficiaries, categorically start with the digits of 99.

A verification and update process of data of Syrians under temporary protection was completed at the end of 2018, in close cooperation with UNHCR.[2] UNHCR reported that 96% of the verification target across Turkey was met through this exercise.[3] According to stakeholders, however, the verification process only covered about 50 to 60% of temporary protection beneficiaries in regions such as Istanbul, Şanlıurfa or Hatay.[4] More recent data are not available.



[1]  Article 2 TPR.

[2]  DGMM, ‘Türkiye’de Geçici Koruma Kapsamında Bulunan Yabancıların Kişisel Verilerinin Doğrulanması’, 22 March 2018, available in Turkish at: https://bit.ly/2pIttBt.

[3]  UNHCR, Turkey: Operational Update 2018 Highlights, available at: https://bit.ly/2Cr3tBB.

[4]   Information provided by an NGO, February 2019.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of main changes since the previous report update
  • Introduction to the asylum context in Turkey
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • Temporary Protection Regime
  • Content of Temporary Protection