Mid-Week Brief Vol 16

Hello from Ankara,

Here's your mid-week brief covering this week's recent migration and refugee related developments&stories in and around Turkey. (vol. 16) 
By Y. Emre Küçükkaya; PhD Candidate in International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

[UNHCR]: Returns from Greece to Turkey: The UNHCR's recent short report reveals interesting results with respect to the refugee/asylum seeker* returns from Greece to Turkey as part of the EU-Turkey Statement: 
-The number of total returns amounts to 1583 within the last two years. (91%: Men, 5%: Children, 4%: Women) 
-Around 41 percent of these returns are from Pakistan *followed by the Syrians with 17 percent.
-"47 per cent did not express a will to apply for asylum or withdrew their will to apply for asylum or withdrew their asylum claims in Greece." In other words, they wanted to stay in Turkey or lost their eagerness/hopes to be back in Greece and the EU. [Read the 1-page report] 
*: The UNCHR seems to be deliberately avoiding the terms such as refugees, asylum seekers or migrants while mentioning these returned people in its document.

*An earlier version of this brief mistakenly referred to Afghanistan, instead of Pakistan.

[IRINNews] Money, culture, language: barriers to Turkey’s bid to end refugee-only schools:  "Hundreds of thousands of Syrian children are being integrated into the public system. It won’t be easy. Classroom space is limited, communal tensions run high, and some cash-strapped Syrian families depend on the money their children earn outside school. 
Roughly one third of the 3.5 million Syrians in the country are minors, and the Ministry of National Education estimates only 37.5 percent of them are in the public school system. The rest are either in religious schools, not enrolled at all, or in what are called Temporary Education Centres, where they study under an accredited Arabic-language curriculum. " [Read Diego Cupolo's take] 


-The Politics of Syrian Refugees in Turkey: A Question of Inclusion and Exclusion through Citizenship, by Sebnem Koser Akcapar and Dogus Simsek (Cogitatio)

-20,000 Syrian students get scholarships in Turkey (Daily Sabah) 

-As EU looks away, Greece looks for places to house refugees (Deutsche Welle)

-David Miliband calls for leadership on refugee resettlement in the EU (The Guardian) 

-'Why we’re paying the rent for a million Syrian refugees' (The Guardian) 

- Seven Years of Syrian Civil War, Through the Eyes of Refugee Children (Foreign Policy)

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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