Metin was a print and TV journalist for 18 years, working as a diplomatic correspondent, foreign news correspondent, news editor and producer. He then became a spokesperson for UNHCR in Turkey for another 18 years. He also worked as a policy consultant and expert on asylum and migration issues, publishing several academic papers.
Following his mandatory retirement from UNHCR, Metin founded İltica ve Göç Araştırmaları Merkezi (İGAM) in 2013 to advance the rights of refugees in Turkey and around the world.
With his Malala Fund grant, Metin and İGAM meet with parents in Ankara, Kilis and Şanlıurfa to discuss the value of educating girls. They work with school management to improve the registration processes so it’s easier for refugee girls to enrol. And they lead social media campaigns to raise awareness about the barriers preventing refugee girls from learning. İGAM also works in close cooperation with the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) as an advocate for refugee girls’ access to education.
Through their mobile application I’Mappy, İGAM also provides students and their families with school enrolment information, study materials for students and a call button for refugee girls in Ankara who need help convincing their parents to enrol them.