Jan 15-18 2018 Mid-Week Brief

Hello from Ankara,

Here's your mid-week brief covering the recent migration and refugee related developments in and around Turkey (Jan 15-18)
By Y. Emre Küçükkaya; PhD Candidate in International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

CNN: In Syria's Idlib, a 'safe haven' that is anything but...
According to United Nations figures, the Idlib area is home to over 1.1 million of Syria's 6.1 million internally displaced people (IDPs), many of whom escaped other formerly opposition-held areas after they were overrun by government forces.
Many in the northwestern Syrian province hail from eastern Aleppo, recaptured by government forces a year ago after a vicious ground and air assault that sparked an international outcry. Backed by Russian air power, regime forces shelled the city repeatedly for nearly four years. [READ MORE]

Voice of America: Tillerson Pledges Long-term US Military Engagement in Syria
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has outlined plans for the U.S. to remain engaged in Syria, both diplomatically and militarily, long after the defeat of the so-called Islamic State. "ISIS has one foot in the grave, and by maintaining an American military presence in Syria until the full and complete defeat of ISIS is achieved, it will soon have two," Tillerson said, using an acronym for the militant group. [READ MORE]


TRT World: Is Turkey now a home or still a temporary shelter for Syrians? 
Many Syrians across Turkey, whose number exceeds 3.4 million according to the United Nations, are divided between leaving or staying in Turkey when the war is over in Syria. Since the war is very close to end, TRT asked them what they will do next. [READ MORE]


-Conditions are horrific at Greece’s ‘island prisons’ for refugees. Is that the point? (Washington Post)

-Heads of Turkish aid agencies visit Idlib (Daily Sabah) 

-Yazidis in Turkey camp wish for IS captives to return home (Al Monitor)

-David Miliband: UN security council 'out of the picture' on Syria (The Guardian)

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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