The Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD-ASAM) was established in 1995 in Ankara as an independent, impartial and non-profit association to assist refugees and asylum-seekers living in Turkey.
SGDD-ASAM has been providing social and legal support for the refugees and asylum-seekers in reaching their rights and services; psychosocial support and organizing numerous courses and activities for the purposes of integrating them into social life since its establishment and currently continues its activities in more than 60 offices across more than 40 provinces in Turkey.
SGDD-ASAM offers its services to all asylum-seeking and refugee groups regardless making any discrimination based on language, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation and political opinion.
SGDD-ASAM also aims to assist refugees and asylum-seekers living outside Turkey with its experience for more than 20 years by opening its first foreign representation in Athens in 2016.
SGDD-ASAM aspires to facilitate the access of refugees and asylum-seekers to their rights and services and to meet their basic needs by collaborating with the local authorities, the United Nations and other non-governmental organizations with its social workers, psychologists, health educators, interpreters, lawyers, peacebuilding officers, disability experts, language and skills instructors, volunteers and outreach teams.
Moreover, SGDD-ASAM organizes meetings and conferences at the national and international levels in order to expand public awareness regarding refugees and asylum-seekers and to strengthen collaboration and communication between the non-governmental organizations operating in this field and public institutions and organizations.
SGDD-ASAM is the first association in Turkey having the concept of ‘asylum-seeker’ in its official name!