Number of staff and nature of the first instance authority


Country Report: Number of staff and nature of the first instance authority Last updated: 27/02/23




Name in English Number of staff Ministry responsible Is there any political interference possible by the responsible Minister with the decision making in individual cases by the determining authority?
Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) Not available Ministry of Interior Yes


DGMM is structured as a civilian agency. It has Provincial Departments for Migration Management (PDMM) across the 81 provinces of Turkey. A Council of Ministers Decision issued in February 2018 established 36 District Directorates for Migration Management (İlçe Göç İdaresi Müdürlüğü) in 16 provinces, under the responsibility of the respective PDMM.[1]

The functions and structure of DGMM were revised in 2018 following the inauguration of the presidential system in Turkey. Presidential Decree No 4 abolished previously established councils within DGMM such as the Migration Policy Council and the Migration Advisory Council, which were responsible for developing policies in this area.[2]

UNHCR continues to assist DGMM in building capacity in refugee law and provided training to staff. Similarly, EASO continues providing support to DGMM and PDMMs on working methodologies in the asylum process, especially on matters concerning vulnerable groups, through the implementation of an enhanced roadmap for the period 2019-2021.[3]




[1] Council of Ministers Decision 2018/11464 of 19 February 2018. See also Anadolu, ‘36 ilçeye İlçe Göç İdaresi Müdürlüğü kurulacak’, 29 March 2018, available in Turkish at:

[2] Articles 158-167 Presidential Decree No 4, 15 July 2018, available in Turkish at:

[3] EASO – DGMM cooperation, available at:

Table of contents

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