Freedom of movement


Country Report: Freedom of movement Last updated: 14/07/23



PMM may restrict the residence of conditional refugees and subsidiary protection beneficiaries within a specific province and impose reporting requirements, for reasons of public security and public order.[1] While LFIP makes no reference to refugees, who should enjoy freedom of movement across the territory of Türkiye subject to the provisions of Article 26 of the 1951 Refugee Convention, the RFIP adds that such residence restrictions “may also be applicable for refugee status holders.”[2]

The RFIP complements Article 82 LFIP by adding criteria such as the “person’s request, his or her special situation, medical and educational situation, kinship relations, culture, personal circumstances and capacity of the provinces” in the determination of the province where a conditional refugee or subsidiary protection holder will be allowed to reside.[3]

In practice, beneficiaries of international protection are subject to the same “satellite city” dispersal policy governing the movement of asylum seekers (see Reception Conditions: Freedom of Movement).




[1] Article 82(1) LFIP; Article 110(4) RFIP.

[2] Article 110(5) RFIP.

[3] Article 110(1) RFIP.

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