February 9-15 Mid-Week Brief

Hello from Ankara,

Here's your mid-week brief covering the recent migration and refugee related developments in and around Turkey (Feb 9-15)
By Y. Emre Küçükkaya; PhD Candidate in International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

Hürriyet Daily: The Turkish government has stopped registering and relocating Syrians in Istanbul due to the increasing population, the Interior Ministry has told daily Hürriyet. 

Currently, there are around 542,000 Syrians registered in Istanbul, a metropolis with a total population of almost 15 million, according to data from the Interior Ministry’s Migration Management Directorate. Syrians, therefore, make up 3.6 percent of Istanbul’s total population. [READ MORE] 
ReliefWeb: The UN World Food Programme's Syria Crisis Report (Dec 17') has been published. The report puts that according to Turkish officials 75,000 Syrians have been repatriated from Turkey following Operation Euphrates Shield and that Turkey was facilitating their return. He (the Turkish official) added that more refugees will willingly return to their home country soon. [READ THE REPORT] 
This briefing has been brought to you by AIMS Turkey (the Ankara Initiative for Migration Studies). AIMS Turkey is a new not-for-profit and non-political 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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