IOM Turkey mourns the loss of a dear colleague

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

IOM Turkey lost a treasured colleague last week. Selin Avşarcan was born in 1987 in Denizli, a town in southwestern Turkey. After completing her high school studies in Denizli, she was accepted to Hacettepe University Faculty of Letters and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in translation and interpreting. She also pursued a second bachelor’s degree in international relations at Anadolu University.

She started her career with the Ministry of Interior in early 2012 working there for five years as a translator in the IT Department and then was assigned as a Project Officer in the Ministry's Directorate General of Provincial Administration Department of Border Management. During her career there she was responsible for the coordination of European Union-funded projects.

Selin joined IOM Turkey’s Integrated Border Management Unit (IBM) in Autumn 2017 as Senior Programme Assistant. She quickly and easily integrated into the IBM Unit and was supported the implementation of several projects. She was a key staff member responsible for developing new project proposals in order to sustain and expand IBM operations in Turkey. In May 2019, Selin was promoted to the position of National IBM Programme Officer, an essential position with a crucial role in the unit. 

Selin was responsible, dedicated, and highly motivated. She would always stay on top of her duties, and often put her colleagues before herself. She had strong communication skills and touched the lives of many colleagues and friends. With her presence and good sense of humour, she brought positive energy into the lives of all who knew her.