Emergency Response Guide for Seasonal Migratory Agricultural Workers and their Children

Emergency Response Guide


In disasters and emergencies, it is an important requirement that existing disaster management systems be inclusive of all segments of society and that systems and approaches have features that consider the specific conditions of vulnerable groups. Seasonal migratory agricultural workers and their children are among the most vulnerable and invisible groups in society due to risky living and working conditions. The main reason for this is that the work includes the experience of migrating as families, as their living and working environments are intertwined. The main purpose of this guide is to develop recommendations that will contribute to the current disaster management system in Türkiye to function in a way that considers the specific and unique living conditions of seasonal migratory agricultural workers.

Within this main purpose, the guide aims to answer the following questions:

1) What should be the general framework of basic approaches, standards, and principles for vulnerable groups in emergencies?

2) What risks to seasonal migratory agricultural workers as a vulnerable group are exacerbated during disasters and emergencies?

3) What should be the shared responsibilities of institutions during disasters and emergencies for seasonal migratory agricultural workers?

4) What should be done during emergencies from the perspective of child protection and seasonal migratory agricultural workers?

In order to create a guideline that answers the main objectives and questions stated above, the first step is to try to understand the existing disaster management system, and the Türkiye’s National Disaster Response Plan (TAMP) was studied in detail. Afterward, interviews were conducted with institutions and key actors with experience in seasonal migratory agricultural workers in order to reveal the risks that the workers and their children face in disasters and emergencies. In the last part of the guide, specific suggestions for implementation are provided along with the general evaluation of the current situation. The recommendations are formulated in the form of activities for different phases of the disaster management cycle.

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