December 18-20, 2017

Here's your mid-week brief covering the recent migration and refugee related developments in and around Turkey (Dec 18-20)
By Y. Emre Küçükkaya; PhD Candidate in International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

Refugees in Turkey struggle as border walls grow higher: Read the policy report by the Danish Institute for International Studies which points out "growing humanitarian challenges" for the refugees. The report also shares some recommendations for the EU policy makers. 
Since the EU and Turkey sealed a migration deal in 2016, millions of refugees have been living on the fringes in Turkey. Without long-term solutions, they will continue to risk their lives by embarking on new, dangerous routes to Europe.

The refugee families living among filth and feces in camp in Greece: Read the news story as it unveils horrible living conditions for the refugees in Greece. (
...If the system was working as it was designed to, eligible people would be granted asylum swiftly and relocated in Europe. Those rejected would be returned to Turkey and home. But since the EU deal with Turkey was signed 18 months ago, less than 1,500 have been sent back. In that time many thousands more have arrived over the Aegean Sea on flimsy dinghies.

The EU's quota system should see eligible refugees relocated into EU counties. But since the scheme was introduced in late 2015, only about 32,000 of the planned 160,000 have been successfully relocated...

On International Migrants Day, Turkey hosts 4.5 million migrants (Hurriyet Daily News):  Turkey marked International Migrants Day on Dec. 18 as being the country that hosts the highest number of migrants, nearly 4.5 million, majority of whom are Syrians who have taken refuge in the country after escaping from the war in their homeland, according to the most recent statistics.


-Education Above All Foundation announces 589 higher education scholarships for Syrian and Palestinian youth in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine (UNDP)

-Spotlight: Turkey gropes for strategy to tackle Syrian refugee issue (Infosurhoy)

-Turkish prosthetic center gives hope to Syrian refugees (Brinkwire)

This briefing has been brought to you by AIMS Turkey (the Ankara Initiative for Migration Studies). AIMS Turkey is a brand-new non-profit research project which intends to probe the refugee crisis in Turkey with innovative and efficient research methods and thereby support practitioners and academics who deal with the issue.

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Previous Briefs

December 12-13, 2017 Mid-Week Brief

December 4-5, 2017 Mid-Week Brief

November 29-30, 2017 Mid-Week Brief 

November 25-28, 2017 Mid-Week Brief

November 22-24, 2017 Mid-Week Brief 

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