Mid-Week Brief Vol 20

Hello from Ankara,

Here's your mid-week brief covering this week's migration-related developments and stories in and around Turkey. (vol. 20) 
By Y. Emre Küçükkaya; PhD Candidate in International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

Damascus's Absentee Property Law: Al Jazeera and Washington Post report that Damascus released a decree last month (known as Law Number 10) which requires land owners to register their properties until May 10 or they would risk confiscation (as we briefly mentioned in our previous brief). 

However, Sputnik notes that the Secretary of the Syrian People's Council Khaled Abboud denies these allegations:

"There is no decree on this subject. And, in my opinion, such a decree would violate the constitution… Areas are being returned to the Syrian army, which represents the Syrian government, which is responsible for its citizens," 

The Law Nr 10 has been published on Damscus's government-run news agency Sana's website in Arabic but it has no English translation


Attempted Crossings in the Mediterranean: The UNHCR says there have been around 24,000 (illegal) sea arrivals from sea to European shores so far in 2018. 609 people have either died or been missing according to their estimates. The figures turn out to be lower than previous years, as the diagram shows. The report  also notes that nearly 18 per cent of these arrivals are Syrians

NOTEWORTHY
-[Hürriyet Daily]: IGAM's Metin Corabatir says 'Syrian children’s enrollment in secondary education is still low'
-[Daily Sabah]Textile jobs to empower Syrian refugees (as part of a project developed by the ILO)
-[World Vision]: Forced to flee: How many refugees in the world?
-[Deutsche Welle]: German Cabinet approves new refugee family reunification law
-[VOA]: Syrian Refugees Showcase Innovation Ideas
-[BMS Haber]: Türkiye'de Göç Çalışmaları, Emre Küçükkaya (Commentary in Turkish) 
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