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AA: “Turkey processing citizenship for 50,000 Syrians, interior ministry official says”

State-run Anadolu Ajensi reports that Turkey will grand citizenship to around 50,000 Syrians living in Turkey according to an Interior Ministry official:

Via Hurriyet Daily News – “Speaking in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, Interior Ministry General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs manager Sinan Güner told the agency the process of granting citizenship had already begun. Continue reading AA: “Turkey processing citizenship for 50,000 Syrians, interior ministry official says”

At least 19 killed after boat carrying migrants sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea coast

Via Hurriyet Daily News – At least 19 people were killed after a fishing boat carrying migrants sank off the northwestern Turkish coast of Kocaeli in the Black Sea early on Sept. 22. An unborn baby is reportedly among those killed migrants in the accident.

Coastguard teams were searching for other migrants who went missing following the capsizing off the Kefken coast, while some 40 migrants have already been rescued from the sea. The incident occurred 64 sea miles off the coast.  Continue reading At least 19 killed after boat carrying migrants sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea coast

Syria opposition activist, daughter found dead in Istanbul: report

via Yahoo – A senior Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter have been found dead at their apartment in Istanbul, the Dogan news agency reported on Friday.

Friends raised the alarm after being unable to reach Aroubeh Barakat and her daughter Halla Barakat by telephone, the news agency said. Turkish police then arrived at their apartment in the Uskudar district on the Asian side of Istanbul and found both women dead. Unconfirmed reports said that their throats had been cut. Continue reading Syria opposition activist, daughter found dead in Istanbul: report

Court decisions pave way for first forcible returns of asylum-seekers under EU-Turkey deal

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

Greek court approves first forced Syrian deportations

Via Yahoo – Greece’s top administrative court on Friday approved the forced deportation of two Syrian refugees, setting a precedent for hundreds of similar cases, a justice source said. Over 750 Syrian exiles are likely to be affected by the ruling by the Greek council of state, a source with knowledge of the case told AFP.

The refugees, two men aged 22 and 29, had filed a legal challenge after asylum committees rejected their pleas to not be returned to Turkey, from where they entered Greece last year. Continue reading Greek court approves first forced Syrian deportations

EU-funded health center for migrants opens in Ankara

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

Turkey foils illegal crossing attempts into Europe

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

No Turkish citizens granted asylum in Bulgaria in past 8 months

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