Policy Brief

Migration Resulted from the Attacks on Sinjar and Kobane, and Turkey’s Humanitarian Assistance

ISIS’s attacks in August and September towards the regions in Sinjar where majority of the population were Yazidis and Kobane where Syrian Kurds were living led thousands of peoples to leave their homelands to save their lives. Within this period, thousands of Yazidis and Syrian Kurds have taken refuge in Turkey. Turkey has continued to implement its open door policy regarding humanitarian crisis situations and has been delivering humanitarian assistance since the beginning of the attacks. This policy brief examines the ISIS operations to Sinjar and Kobane and the resulting mass migration of Yazidis and Syrian Kurds. The policy brief aims to show Turkey’s humanitarian assistance to both of the regions and the refugees, as well as pointing out other significant issues deemed necessary in relation to the humanitarian crisis.