Press Release

Following the information circulating on social media regarding the reconstruction of the “Special Institution – Demir Kapija”, owned by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) would like to clarify that this reconstruction concerns a branch of the “Special Institution – Demir Kapija”, located on the territory of the village of Ergele.

Following the information circulating on social media regarding the reconstruction of the “Special Institution – Demir Kapija”, owned by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) would like to clarify that this reconstruction concerns a branch of the “Special Institution – Demir Kapija”, located on the territory of the village of Ergele. Due to the poor physical condition of the facility’s buildings, it has been out of use for several years now.

In this regard, IOM’s role, in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, is to reconstruct and refurbish the buildings of this branch of the “Special Institution – Demir Kapija”. IOM would hereby like to clarify that, contrary to rumors circulating on social media, IOM will not construct a camp on the aforementioned location.

Moreover, IOM’s role is limited to managing the construction work related to the refurbishment of the buildings. The use and management of the institution falls within the sole competence of the Government and, in particular, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. In accordance with the Law on Social Protection, the main purpose of the “Special Institution – Demir Kapija” is to accommodate persons with disabilities.

Currently, IOM is in the process of evaluating the offers it received following a public bidding process and no construction company has as yet been selected to carry-out the refurbishment works.

For any further information on the “Special Institution – Demir Kapija, please contact the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy as the competent Ministry regarding this institution.