Mid-Week Brief Vol 17

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. 17) 
By Y. Emre Küçükkaya; PhD Candidate in International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

Al Jazeera: Syria's refugee children: Futures lost to the war: An entire generation of Syrians has lost the opportunity of getting an education because of the war. 
According to the UN agencies, some 43 percent of Syrian refugee children in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq are out of school. 
In 2017 alone, UNICEF registered 1,271 verified child casualties in Syria, of which 361 were injuries and 910 deaths. Meanwhile, in refugee host countries nearly 10,000 Syrian refugee children are either unaccompanied or separated from their families.

However, the Independent argues that two-thirds of Syrians aged 18 to 32 in Britain are either in employment or studying, debunking idea that many are reluctant to work, and take advantage of social welfare benefits. 

Hurriyet Daily features an interview with the UN World Food Programme's (WFP) Turkey representative Nils Grede. Grede says that nearly one third of the EU's first 3 billion euro tranche has been allocated for the Emergency Social Safety Net [ESSN] project. The ESSN provides 120 Turkish Lira monthly to nearly 1,26 million refugees in Turkey. 90 per cent of the beneficiaries are from Syria while 7 percent are Iraqis and 2,5 per cent are Afghan nationals; Grede informs. The WFP cooperates and coordinates with the Turkish Red Crescent to pursue the ESSN project. 

A study conducted at Istanbul Policy Center indicates that there were nearly 15000 Syrian students at Turkish universities in 2016/17 with a sharp increase since 2013. The study also puts that Gaziantep University enrolled more than 2000 Syrian students during the 2016/2017 academic year. [Read Wiebke Hohberger's Study] 


-Teen refugees can apply for families to join them in EU: court (Reuters)

-Syrian Refugee Resilience Plan 2018-2019 (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to address the needs of Syrian refugees in Turkey (FAO) 

-The ECHO's  summary report on its funding activities in Turkey. (the EU) 

-Turkey’s volunteer doctors treat 2,500 Syrians in refugee camps in Azaz (Hurriyet Daily)

-Sultanbeyli, Istanbul: A Case Study of Refugees in Towns; by Zeynep Balcioglu (Tufts University)

- Trump Condemns ‘Sick’ Syria Disaster Yet Slams The Door On Countless Refugees
The U.S. has resettled only 44 Syrian refugees since October. (Huff Post)

-Over 200 undocumented migrants held in Turkey (Anadolu Agency)

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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