[Mid-Week Brief] Vol 22

Hello from Glasgow, Scotland;

Here's your mid-week brief covering this week's migration-related developments and stories in and around Turkey. (vol. 22) 
By Y. Emre Küçükkaya; PhD Candidate in International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

[European Commission Press Release]: The EU starts allocating the 2nd tranche of 3 billion euros of the Facility:
The European Commission provides a new assistance package worth €400 million, on the education of Syrian refugees in Turkey. This is the first action adopted following the agreement by EU Member States to finance an additional €3 billion for the Facility for Refugees in Turkey.
The EU says that "the new assistance package will focus on outreach, increased quality of formal education for students, Turkish language training for adults in Public Education Centers, the continuation and improvement of the examination system, and social cohesion activities. The duration of the new assistance is also longer than the previous package, covering three academic years rather than two. The package aims to ensure the sustainability of activities for the period after EU Facility funding has ended. For example, the number of contracted teachers should gradually reduce as Syrian students become fully integrated into public schools and Turkish Ministry teachers take over.
Meanwhile, as Sputnik reportsItalian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Monday that Turkey was not fulfilling its agreement with the European Union, pointing out that 1,200 migrants had arrived to Italy from Turkey since the beginning of 2018. However, Turkish authorities complain that the EU has been failing to provide the promised funds and about the lagging speed of transfers.
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[Al Jazeera]: Is footballer Mesut Ozil German or Turkish? Can he really be both? Footballer Mesut Ozil's resignation from the German national team has triggered a debate on racism and integration. Watch a discussion on the issue. 
[RFE/RL]: Russia, U.S. Eyeing Joint Plan For Return Of Syrian Refugees
Russian Defense Ministry says it has sent a proposal to Washington to jointly organize the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland following agreements reached between the Russian and American presidents at their summit this (last) week. [MORE] 

NOTEWORTHY
-[UNFPA]: In Turkey, refugee child marriages drive adolescent pregnancies underground
-[Hurriyet Daily]: European Deadlock: Refugees and Migrants by Mustafa Aydin
-[Daily Sabah]: 1.5M Syrians to benefit from Turkish Red Crescent cards by end of 2020
-[UNHCR]: Syrian teen in Germany reunites with family after years apart
-[Project Syndicate]: Nationalism, Immigration, and Economic Success by Jason Furman
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