Classroom in February 2020
The Izmir Classroom responds to and support the large number of Syrian refugees who are trapped in Turkey following the EU Turkey agreement and the closure of the refugee route into Greece. We work in two contexts, firstly within Basmane, a district in the centre of Izmir and also in the numerous farm camps around Izmir where refugees work as migrant labour on private farms. In both contexts, the refugees live in appalling conditions and are subject to exploitation by private landlords.
In both contexts, the refugees live in appalling conditions and are subject to exploitation by private landlords. Refugees have limited or no access to medical services and education and often face hostility and violence. We work in partnership with the Tribe Turkey, a young charity providing support with housing, sanitation infrastructure, health and education. The Global Free Unit offers places on specific workshops to design and build new facilities.