Dec 4-5 2017

Here's your mid-week brief covering the recent migration and refugee related developments in and around Turkey (Dec 4-5)
By Y. Emre Küçükkaya

-Over 370 refugees, migrants held in northwest Turkey (Anadolu Agency): Turkish security forces held 373 refugees and undocumented migrants who were trying to cross into Europe illegally, a security source said Tuesday.

-Syrian children in Turkey forced to work rather than study (Deutsche Welle): They work up to 12 hours a day to help their families. Labor is part of daily life for many displaced Syrian children in Turkey. Studying is a luxury, and so is play.

-Displaced Iraqi Turkmen refugees begin to return home (TRT World): Nearly 1,200 out of 7,000 Iraqis who fled turmoil in Iraq to take shelter in safe areas in Syria have returned to their country through Turkey, according to Misbah Qaysi, an official at Iraq’s Migration Ministry.

-Turkish Government pressed by the Opposition to explain $30 billion refugee bill (Al Monitor) Seemingly contradictory statements by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and government ministers on how much money Turkey has spent on Syrian refugees are raising further question marks on an already controversial issue in the country. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the head of the main opposition Republican People’s Party, has turned up the pressure on Erdogan to explain in detail the $30 billion that the president says the Syrian refugees have cost Ankara. (Al Monitor)

Syrians in Turkey unlikely to return amid shaky prospect of peace (Hurriyet Daily News): Read the exclusive interview with Prof Murat Erdoğan on the Syrian refugees' conditions in Turkey. Prof Erdoğan is a renowned scholar on migration studies in Turkey.

10 Syrian illegal migrants killed in Turkey's minibus-truck collision (Xinhua):  A minibus smuggling illegal migrants from Syria to Turkey collided with a truck while trying to escape from gendarmerie checkpoint, killing 10 Syrian citizens and injuring 9 others, according to state-run Anadolu Agency.

Spain Receives 15 Syrian Refugees From Turkey Under Resettlement Program (Eurasiareview): Spain has now taken in a total of 2,649 applicants for international protection, 1,301 under the relocation program and 1,350 under the resettlement program, 425 from Turkey and 923 from Lebanon.

UNHCR staffer uses disability to give refugees a voice (Reliefweb):  Judith Chan explains how she has used her experience of living with a hearing disability to help refugees in the same position.

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