Via Amnesty International – Two Syrian refugees are at risk of being forcibly returned to Turkey after Greece’s highest administrative court rejected their final appeals against earlier rulings declaring their asylum claims inadmissible. This could set a dangerous precedent for future returns of asylum-seekers under the EU-Turkey deal, Amnesty International said.
Today’s ruling sets an ominous precedent for many other asylum-seekers who have fled conflict and persecution and are currently stranded on the Greek islands
Continue reading Court decisions pave way for first forcible returns of asylum-seekers under EU-Turkey deal
Via Ekathimerini – Coast guard officers on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos have said that a migrant rescue officially reported as having been carried out without incident had actually involved serious tension with Turkish counterparts on Wednesday. Continue reading Migrant rescue led to tension with Turkish coast guard, sources say
Via Daily Sabah – A European Union-funded migrant health center has opened in the Turkish capital Ankara, the bloc’s Turkey delegation announced Wednesday.
In a statement, the delegation said that the EU-funded center “opened today to provide health services to refugees in the Altındağ district, where the refugee population density is the highest in Ankara.” Continue reading EU-funded health center for migrants opens in Ankara
According to Anadolu Ajansi* the Turkish Coast Guard and Gendarmerie captured 321 people that were attempting to cross into Europe by boat:
“Turkish Coast Guard and gendarmarie sources said 321 refugees were captured as they were trying to illegally travel to European countries on Tuesday… Continue reading Turkey foils illegal crossing attempts into Europe
Via Daily Sabah* – Bulgaria has rejected the asylum requests of all Turkish citizens who entered the country through various routes in the first eight months of 2017.
According to official information obtained by Anadolu Agency, 12 Turkish citizens applied for asylum in Bulgaria for various reasons until September this year. Seven of these all-men applicants were aged between 18 and 34, while the remaining five were aged between 35 and 64.
However, Bulgarian officials did not disclose whether the rejected asylum seekers were sent back to Turkey. Continue reading No Turkish citizens granted asylum in Bulgaria in past 8 months
Via The Turkey Purge – A family of 5 were detained while hiding at a hunters’ club in Ipsala district of Edirne, Turkey’s border province with Greece, on Sept 14. Continue reading Couple, three children detained near Greek border before illegal departure from Turkey
Via The Guardian – Twelve migrants, apparently from North Africa, have been sailing to and fro between Istanbul and Odessa on a Danish passenger ferry for the last seven weeks, locked in four cabins with no country willing to take them.
According to the operator, DFDS, Turkey and Ukraine both refuse to accept the men. Continue reading Migrants stuck on endless ferry journey as countries refuse entry
Via The Sofia Globe – Boats carrying more than 200 refugees were stopped by the Romanian Coastguard on Saturday, according to reports in Austrian and Romanian publications. They had started in Turkey. The article can be read here.
Via Independent – After activists intervened at Heathrow Airport, the pilot of a Turkish Airlines flight refused to fly to Istanbul with a young Afghan man aboard, whom British authorities wanted to deport to Afghanistan. The article can be read here.