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Guiding Protection Principles and Minimum Standards for Emergency Relocation Support in Northwest Syria

Guiding Protection Principles and Minimum Standards for Emergency Relocation Support in Northwest Syria

Where advocacy and other protection efforts have failed, humanitarian actors in Northwest Syria may provide lastresort emergency transportation support to vulnerable at-risk civilians who face immediate threats to physical safety or survival due to active hostilities and rapidly shifting frontlines and who desire to move to areas of greater relative safety but lack the means to do so independently. 

Emergency relocation support, as provided by humanitarian actors in Northwest Syria, differs from large-scale and organized humanitarian evacuations in that it is provided on a household or individual level from areas where populations that are able to move of their own accord have already begun leaving and do not cross active frontlines. 

The Syria Protection Cluster (Turkey) developed the below Guiding Protection Principles and Minimum Standards for such emergency relocations, aiming to uphold ‘do-no-harm’ and protection principles, and considering the operational and protection context.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
Protection - Turkey Cross Border
Cluster(s)/Sector(s): 
Original Publication Date: 
17 May 2020
Document type: 
Policy and Guidance
Coordination hub(s): 
Gaziantep
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2020