[Mid-Week Brief] Vol. 25

Hello from Glasgow, Scotland;

Here's your mid-week brief covering this week's migration-related developments and stories in and around Turkey. (vol. 25) 
By Y. Emre Küçükkaya; PhD Candidate in International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara


IOM says Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 88,736 in 2018; Deaths Reach 1,839: The UN's Migration Agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) shares some recent statistics on irregular migrant and refugee entries into Europe by the Mediterranean sea this year so far and compares it with 2017. 

Total Arrivals in 2018 so far: 88,736 people (it was 143,601 in Jan/Oct 2017) 
Total Deaths in 2018 so far: 1,839 people (it was 2,831 in Jan/Oct 2017)



Turkish Solidarity with Syrian Refugees? Is it a Myth or a Reality? There is absolutely no definitive answer as to whether Turkish solidarity is strong enough with nearly 3,7 million Syrian refugees in the country, given the difficulty, complexity and fragility of the situation. A recent publication by the Atlantic Council notes that "Turkey has displayed a successful “refugee policy” thanks to the generous efforts of the public and government hand in hand." However, things don't seem to be this positive when it comes to daily relationships with refugees in the country. A recent study mentioned on Hurriyet Daily reveals that despite being sorry for the Syrian children, most Istanbulites do not really "see" them, not bother themselves with the tragedy in the streets and rather describe those children as "beggars". And Sputnik shares that a store owner in Denizli, Turkey put a banner on his shop with a warning "Those from Syria, Iran, Afghanistan are banned from entering and shopping in this store. In case you still do — you will be beaten,"

NOTEWORTHY
-Interview with EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos on Turkey, Hurriyet Daily 
-‘Biased views toward Syrian refugees widespread,’ academic says, Hurriyet Daily
-EU policies may worsen migration crisis in 2019, Middle East Institute 
-Mayor of Italian town hailed as a model of migrant integration is under house arrest, the Guardian
-EU moves to tighten borders, boost Africa ties on migrants (with the model in Turkey), ABC News
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