I. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
In the 11th year of the Syrian crisis, and with a new crisis emerging in Afghanistan, migrant and refugee women’s economic empowerment in Turkey is considerably being impeded and thereby detrimentally impacting their wellbeing and resilience.’ A thorough understanding of the current situation of migrant and refugee women’s economic situation and setbacks encoun-tered in their empowerment endeavors is necessary to better support this particular group of individuals.
This needs assessment report aims to contribute to reducing the current information gap to better understand the current needs of migrant, refugee, and host community women in livelihoods and protection. This study focused on Adana and Gaziantep provinces of Southeast Turkey, where a high population of migrant and refugee women reside. The report starts with an overview of the previous research conducted in this area focusing on the social, formal, and structural challenges and barriers encountered in the economic empowerment of migrant and refugee women in Turkey. It then lays out the method-ology adopted to best represent the current needs of migrant, refugee, and host community women in Adana and Gaziantep, followed by an overview of the demographic information of the sample group chosen to participate in the assessment. The report then summarizes the key findings of the assessment, including an overview of the strengths and limitations of the assessments and concluding remarks. Lastly, the report outlines key recommendations to contribute to reducing current barriers to accessing livelihood opportunities and to promote and foster the protection and resilience of migrant, refugee, and host community women in the region.