The Protection Provided by International Refugee Organizations in Turkey in the Immediate Post-War Period

Karolina Wanda Olszowska


In Turkey, during the Immediate Postwar Period (between 1945–1951), functioned the international specialization organizations, such as the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees (IGCR) and the International Refugee Organization (IRO). Turkey was a country of minor importance in terms of the number of refugees in this period. According to data from IGCR, in 1946, there were 1221 registered refugees in Turkey. Among them were representatives of diff erent nationalities, such as Poles, Yugoslavs, Albanians, Hungarians, Czechoslovaks, Austrians, Germans and Jews of various ethnicities. Later joined by Bulgarians and other anti-communist activists. The international specialization organizations faced various problems, from lack of money to the lack of cooperation from the Turkish government. IRO activists often complained about the sluggishness of Turkish offi cials. The problematic is important as an exemplifi cation of the question of the protection of refugees by the International Community.

Słowa kluczowe: Turkey, refugees, International Refugees Organization, IRO

Archival Materials

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The National Archives in London, Foreign Offi ce – FO 371.

The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum in London, Sztab NW i MSWojsk/MON, 1939–1948 – A 12.


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