Nov 25-28, 2017

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Here's your mid-week brief covering the recent migration and refugee related developments in and around Turkey (Nov 25-28)
By Y. Emre Küçükkaya

-Turkish PM warns EU over refugee deal ahead of Syrian peace talks (The Guardian): Binali Yıldırım has warned that the country has the power to allow millions of refugees to resume their journeys to western Europe if the US and EU-backed Kurdish forces fighting in Syria are given a role in peace talks.

-On smuggling routes to Turkey, families unintentionally overdosing children (Syria Direct): Dozens of young children in rebel-held northern Idlib province are suffering from overdoses as their families give them opioids and other drugs to keep them quiet along the dangerous smuggling route into Turkey, medical sources told Syria Direct.

-Interview with Mehmet Güllüoğlu, the head of AFAD (Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority) (Hurriyet Daily News): He argues Turkish aid model combines humanitarian relief with development aid.

-The Save the Children's Turkey Office has been able to renew its working licence after waiting for 6 weeks. Read their monthly update on the Syrian refugee crisis and how they respond to the situation. (ReliefWeb)

Commentary: The challenges of educating Syrian children in Turkey (The Daily Star): "As of the 2016-2017 academic school year, according to the Turkish National Education Ministry (MoNE), only 380,000 out of 870,000 school-aged Syrian children (40 percent) remain out of school, making it the first time “more Syrian children are in school than out” in Turkey."

-Interview with European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos.  (Hurriyet Daily News): The Commissioner says "the Facility for Refugees in Turkey has had a significant impact on the ground in Turkey."

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