Mid-Week Brief (Vol. 14)

Hello from Ankara,

Here's your mid-week brief covering this week's recent migration and refugee related developments in and around Turkey. (vol. 14) 
By Y. Emre Küçükkaya; PhD Candidate in International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

The EU announces to allocate a second tranche of three billion euros for various projects benefiting Syrian refugees in Turkey, the Union's top migration official, Avramopoulos stated. The EU's officials say 1.2 million refugees have benefited from EU humanitarian support so far through the cash assistance program. (You might want to take a look at the fact-sheet of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey.) However, through this framework, the bloc will also restrict travel for countries refusing to take back their citizens who fail to obtain asylum in Europe. 

TRT World, Turkey's public international broadcaster sees that "the deal also allows for the acceleration of Turkey’s EU membership bid and visa-free travel for Turkish nationals within the Schengen area, on the condition that Ankara meets all 72 requirements set by the EU."

[Hurriyet Daily] Some 311,000 babies of Syrian origin have been born in Turkey under the stateless status, according to the Turkish Parliament’s Refugee Subcommittee that operates under the Human Rights Committee. 

Meanwhile, Erkan Doğanay, head of the response department of Turkey’s National Disaster Management Agency (AFAD), said 293 out of the 4,514 Syrian children who are under care are unaccompanied, 410 have lost their mother and 3,911 have lost their father.

Officials also said 55,583 Syrians, including 25,500 children, have been granted Turkish citizenship so far.

[Daily Sabah] Turkcell and Daily Sabah will provide a mobile phone app for refugees in Turkey. The app will provide news in Arabic and teach basic Turkish words.


-EU to limit visas if countries refuse to take back migrants (Washington Post)

-How Syria's war changed the world (CNN International)

-Refugee Crisis in the European Union (CFR Report)

-A Syrian refugee sets up a library that offers books in Arabic at an affordable way. (UNHCR)

Over 1,000 undocumented migrants held across Turkey (Anadolu Agency)

-Across EU, most asylum applications still being made in Germany (thelocal.de)

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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