Kırkayak Kültür - Dom Research Workshop has conducted a comprehensive study in the Middle East to describe the living conditions of Dom communities. Kırkayak Kültür was founded in 2011 in Gaziantep as a civil society organization to advocate for disadvantaged groups and minorities who are socially and culturally at risk, and carries out activities aimed at integrating them in the society through dialogue and solidarity, ending prejudices and discrimination against them. Since the massive influx of refugees in Turkey, and especially in the region of Gaziantep, the association has also been working specifically with minorities among refugee groups and conducting rights-based work on the problems of Syrian migrants. The association runs culture and arts workshops in neighbourhoods with Dom populations to support the education and school attendance of children in the Middle East. Researchers at the association have been conducting academic and non-academic researches, field visits and a mapping study on such needs of Dom groups in the Middle East. Currently, they are carrying a study on the living conditions and problems of Syrian Dom communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, together with possible solutions. Kırkayak Kültür has been actively informing NGOs and public institutions, and accelerating bureaucratic procedures and processes in order to secure the necessary permits for the tent sites established by the Dom groups in the region and to establish a network among local and international organizations supporting the rights of Dom communities. Since many years, the experts of Kırkayak Kültür Dom Research Workshop have been publishing a great number of articles and surveys and exhibiting photos related the situation of Dom and related groups in conflict in Middle East also in order to sensitize public opinion and the international community on the subject.
Middle East Gypsies
Middle East Gypsies web site hes been prepared to present “The Project on Supporting the rights of Dom and other related minorities from Syria seeking asylum in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey” which has been implemented between 2017-2019 by Kırkayak Kültür and supported by European Commission under European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) programme.