Mid-Week Brief Vol 18

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. 18) 
By Y. Emre Küçükkaya; PhD Candidate in International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

The European Commission released (see the summary) its annual report on Turkey earlier this week. Despite many critical statements on several issues, the report contains positive remarks in regard to the migration crisis: 
"Turkey made good progress in the area of migration and asylum policy and remained committed to the implementation of the March 2016 EU-Turkey Statement effective management of migratory flows along the Eastern Mediterranean route."

Indeed, as the European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR) points out, the EU has some good reasons to be supportive of the current trajectory. The graph below indicates that  there has been a significant decrease in migrant arrivals through the Mediterranean since 2015 (the whole Mediterranean route, not only the Turkey-Europe traffic).  
ECFR's study unearths some other interesting data. Sweden tops other European countries in number of received refugees per capita (with 20,3 refugees per 1000 inhabitants.)  Sweden (with around 230,000 refugees in 2016) is followed by Malta, Austria and Germany (with around 670,000 refugees in 2016)

(Striking findings: UK: 1,8 refugees per 1000 inhabitants and Italy: 2,4 refugees per 1000 inhabitants)

Meanwhile, the Washington Post shares the US State Department's figures that only 44 Syrian refugees have been admitted by the US since last October (3,024 in all of 2017).
[Deutsche Welle: Syrian refugees leaving Germany over family reunification policy] 
"Thousands of Syrian refugees are attempting to leave Germany despite being legally entitled to stay. Stuck in Germany without close relatives because of Berlin's all but refusal to allow family reunions, the refugees were said to be using traffickers to reach their families in Turkey, saying "we'd rather die together than live apart.""


-Migration Deals Risk Undermining Global Refugee Protection: "While some aspects of agreements like that between the EU and Turkey reflect a genuine effort to cooperate in addressing the needs of refugees, other elements risk undermining the very essence of the global refugee protection regime." (Chatham House) 

-Afghans make long trek west before Turkey secures border (Reuters) 

-Refugee Women Cook Up Syrian Cuisine To Eke Out A Living In Turkey (NPR) 


-Refugees and Elections: The Effects of Syrians on Voting Behavior in Turkey, by Ali Fisunoglu and Deniz Sert (Wiley)

-Syrian Refugee Children: A Study of Strengths and Difficulties (A case study in Antalya, Turkey), by Ammar Alsayed and Vivienne J. Wildes (Springer) 

-Opinions and cultural sensitivities of (Turkish) midwives and nurses about providing health care to women seeking asylum, by İlknur Münevver Gönenç et all (Journal of Human Sciences)

-The tragedy of being a co-wife: Case study on Syrian refugees in Turkey (Turkish article with an extended abstract in English), by Ipek Agcadağ Çelik and Feride Vural  (Dergipark)   

-Health and health care access for Syrian refugees living in Istanbul, by Perihan Torun et all (Springer)

This briefing has been brought to you by AIMS Turkey (the Ankara Initiative for Migration Studies). AIMS Turkey is a 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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