Mid-Week Brief Vol 19

Hello from Ankara,

Here's your mid-week brief covering this week's recent migration-related developments and stories in and around Turkey. (vol. 19) 
By Y. Emre Küçükkaya; PhD Candidate in International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

[Hurriyet Daily] 60 percent of Syrian Refugee Children in Turkey Suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A study conducted by a group of psychiatrists including Dr. Veysi Ceri suggests that around 60 percent of Syrian refugee children in Turkey experience post-traumatic stress symptoms. Ceri notes:
“...Even if they attend school, many cannot concentrate in class because such problems affect their mental abilities.... Even if they (at least around 700,000 children) go to the hospitals’ psychiatric clinics, many are unable to express themselves because of language problems..”

It is also no coincidence that there are two recent academic studies on that matter published this week. They focus on Syrian refugees living in North Lebanon (read here) and Turkey (read here) respectively. 

Having said that, BBC's reporting conveys a more optimistic outlook and mentions how Turkish schools help Syrian children integrate through the Promoting Integration of Syrian Children into the Turkish Education System (PICTES), an EU-funded project. PICTES has deployed nearly 500 counselors to schools in an attempt to help Syrian children.

In addition, the World Bank notes that a project supported by the EU and the World Bank enables  the Turkish Government to construct 56 new schools that are resilient toward earthquakes and natural disasters. The schools are expected to host 40,000 Syrian and Turkish children annually


[Reuters] EU proposes jump in crisis funding as U.S. steps back: The European Commission presented the Union's common budget proposal (1,28 trillion euros) for the 2021-2027 period this week. While the allocation on defense and security expenditures seems to increase dramatically (22 times more than the previous period), the funds allotted for foreign and development aid amounts to 123 billion euros. This figure does not include a few special frameworks such as the EU-Turkey agreement

To make a comparison, Reuters notes that the US spends nearly 50 billion dollars on foreign aid and it includes diplomatic missions and academy-related projects as well.
The Commission's proposal awaits approvals from the EU Parliament and the Union's national governments. EU's policies are seen to lack strategic management according to many aid groups despite the amount of money they spend on foreign aid.

NOTEWORTHY

-[The Guardian]: New film Border Politics documents the harsh treatment of asylum seekers by western democracies

-[Daily Sabah]: Language remains main barrier for Syrian female refugees

-[The Guardian] Greece reinforces land border with Turkey to stem flow of migrants

-[Voice of America]: The Syrian government is set to seize the property of millions of Syrians who fled their homes, unless they return to claim them by presenting ownership deeds to local authorities

-[GV Wire]: EU’s Refugee Crisis: Which European Countries are Hosting More Asylum Seekers?

-[Sputnik]: EU-Turkey Migrant Deal Led to Overcrowding of Refugee Centers in Greece - UNHCR
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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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