[Mid-Week Brief] Vol. 23

Hello from Glasgow, Scotland;

Here's your mid-week brief covering this week's migration-related developments and stories in and around Turkey. (vol. 23) 
By Y. Emre Küçükkaya; PhD Candidate in International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

[Washington Post]: Nations hosting millions of refugees say rich countries have let them down

"Nations hosting millions of refugees from their neighbors said they had been let down by the world’s richest countries and were facing serious problems as a result.
“Unfortunately, the heavy burden of humanitarian consequences of the Syrian crisis has been left on Turkey’s shoulders,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu, estimating that his country has spent $32 billion feeding, sheltering and educating refugees. “Commitments have not been fulfilled. Our calls for more burden and responsibility sharing fell on deaf ears.”
How can we be going around the world and urging governments like Jordan and Turkey and Uganda to provide safety to literally millions of refugeeswhen we turn around and announce we’re going resettle the smallest number in the history of the refugee program?” said Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International." 

[UN WFP]: "Largest EU humanitarian programme helps around 1.4 million refugees in Turkey"

The United Nation's World Food Program says that "the largest humanitarian relief programme in European Union (EU) history is supporting around 1.4 million refugees in Turkey. The scheme is funded entirely from the EU’s Facility for Refugees in Turkey (FRIT), "generously supported" by EU citizens through the Member States’ contribution."

The biggest part of this fund (around €1 billion so far) has been allocated on the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) project run by the WFP in partnership with Turkish Red Crescent. While the WFP calls  the EU's contribution as a generous support of the Union, it also notes that the ESSN program provides 120 TL (nearly 16 euros) a month per one refugee. 
The UNHCR's recent 3RP report also claims that their monitoring results indicate that the beneficiaries of the ESSN program experience "improved food consumption levels and reduced use of negative livelihoods coping strategies, including less debt."
[PEW Research]: Spain is the most welcoming EU country toward refugees and the majority of Europeans disapprove of the EU's refugee policies for different reasons.


-[New York Times]: Turkey Stands Between Europe and the Next Refugee Crisis
-[Hurriyet Daily]Over 600,000 Syrian children schooled in Turkey: Ministry data
-[The Guardian]: Lesbos refugee camp at centre of Greek misuse of EU funds row 
-[Al Jazeera]: Refugees on Aegean islands live in squalid conditions
-[Deutsche Welle]: Refugees in Bosnia: Waiting for winter at the EU gates 
This briefing has been brought to you by AIMS Turkey (the Ankara Initiative for Migration Studies). AIMS Turkey is a boutique 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 subject.
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