Mid-Week Brief Vol 15

Hello from Ankara,

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

Deutsche Welle's review on the EU-Turkey refugee agreement:  The EU's refugee agreement with Turkey has been in force for two years. Under the agreement, Turkey was promised €6 billion in financial aid. According to the EU Commission, €3 billion has already flowed into Turkey to cover the costs of educating half a million Syrian children. 

"A lot of money has been spent on the high administrative costs of international civil society organizations. For this reason, less money has reached the refugees." Dr. Basak Yavcan says.

In addition to this news coverage, Deutsche Welle's Daniel Heinrich also published a critical  commentary this week. Heinrich says:

"Rather than improving the humanitarian situation that refugees find themselves in, Merkel and her European colleagues have, over the past two years, chosen instead to do everything possible to ensure that their suffering stays beyond Europe's borders — beyond the focus of news cameras.

Despite its glaring shortcomings, no one in Brussels, Berlin or Athens seems to be working on any serious alternative to the failing refugee deal. Quite the opposite: This week the European Commission signed off on another €3 billion payment to Turkey. By the end of the year, the EU will have paid Turkey a total of €6 billion to keep refugees at bay.

The agreement between the EU and Turkey doesn't solve any real problems. In fact, the only thing it does is expose the hypocrisy of European refugee policy for what it is."   

The UNHCR has published its 3RP's (Refugee and Resilience Plan) achievements (and failures) in 2017: [See the one-page PDF] 


-Protests in Greece as EU-Turkey refugee deal nears two years (AlJazeera)

-'I feel like my life is empty:' Refugees suffer from mental illness on Greek islands (ABC News)

-Expert Views: The E.U.-Turkey Deal After Two Years (Refugees Deeply)

-Kerem Kınık, the President of the Turkish Red Crescent talks to Euronews (Euronews)

-Impoverished Syrian Teachers in Turkey (Atlantic Council)

-Syrian crisis takes tragic toll on refugee families (UNICEF Turkey)

-Exiled Syrian doctors go back to work helping refugees in Turkey (Hürriyet Daily)
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-partisan 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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