Mr. Metin Çorabatır is an expert on asylum and migration issues. He is currently the President of the Research Centre on Asylum and Migration (IGAM), an Ankara based think-thank NGO established in June 2013. The three ongoing projects of IGAM are: 1) the establishment of a Turkish Refugee Council to empower the local NGOs in the relevant field; 2) to develop and implement a refugee integration tool in corporation with the Belgium based “Migration Policy Group”; 3) to host Government-NGO dialogue in the field of asylum.
He worked for 18 years as the spokesperson and external relations officer of the UNHCR Office in Turkey until his retirement on June 2013.
Mr Çorabatır is a PhD Candidate at Bogazici University in Istanbul. His dissertation is on the role of International Organisations in the Reform Processes of National Asylum Systems.
He has 18 years of experience in journalism and worked for print media, TVs, Magazines as diplomatic correspondent, foreign news and news editor, TV producer.
Among the recent publications, he is the co-editor of report by Oxford Refugee Studies centre mapping up the level of access of Syrian young refugees to education in host countries, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq; A research for the mapping of the data on Turkish migration and to prepare a template for Turkey’s Annual Migration Report for the Directorate General of Migration Management.