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HarekAct offers a topical and chronological collection of news on the EU-Turkish border regime under this section. We link to external newspapers and websites and do not hold the copyright.
Views and opinions expressed in the articles published on HarekAct are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of all editorial board members.

Daily Sabah accusing foreign NGO’s working in humantarian aid for refugees

Via Daily Sabah – Daily Sabah published an article accusing foreign NGO’s active in Turkey “trying to degenerate the culture of Syrian refugees”, by teaching their children “how to become free”. The author, Yunus Paksoy,  writes that “some vulnerable Syrians think that such foreign NGOs are being insensitive while others claim that they have a hidden agenda.”

As  Harekact editorial team, we find the content of this news very controversial, but we think it should be published in order to show the exclusionary discourse of some newspapers towards foreign NGOs in the country. Continue reading Daily Sabah accusing foreign NGO’s working in humantarian aid for refugees

Around 50,000 return to areas cleared of terrorists in Syria, Turkish Foreign minister says

Via Hurriyet Daily News – Tens of thousands of displaced Syrians have returned to an area which was cleared of terrorists by Turkey and Turkish-backed opposition fighters in northern Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said April 1.

Çavuşoğlu said some 50,000 people had returned from Turkey to areas that have been captured by Turkish troops and Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) opposition fighters, adding that security in these areas should eventually be handed to local forces. Continue reading Around 50,000 return to areas cleared of terrorists in Syria, Turkish Foreign minister says

Greece to accelerate return of migrants to Turkey as arrivals pick up

Via Ekathimerini – As the inflow of undocumented migrants to the islands of the eastern Aegean rises with the improving weather, the government is planning action to ease the pressure on increasingly overcrowded reception centers.

In the coming days, Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas is expected to issue a circular, banning migrants who appeal against a rejection of their application for political asylum from a voluntary repatriation scheme being run by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Continue reading Greece to accelerate return of migrants to Turkey as arrivals pick up

Surge in Turkish diplomats applying for asylum in Germany

Via Komnews – There has been a significant surge in Turkish diplomats and military officials seeking refuge in European countries after last year’s attempted coup as the number of applications continues to rise.

According to figures from Germany’s Federal Department for Immigration and Refugees, the number of asylum applications from individuals in possession of Turkish diplomatic passports has reached 292. According to figures given by Turkey’s Interior Ministry, this figure stood at 136 in February of this year. Continue reading Surge in Turkish diplomats applying for asylum in Germany

Mouzalas says situation on Chios has reached breaking point

via Ekathimerini – Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas said on Friday that the situation at migrant camps in Chios has reached breaking point. Speaking to Parliament in the aftermath of a suicide attempt of migrant that set himself on fire, Mouzalas said “the situation on Chios is exceeding its limits.”

The best way, he said, for the asylum application process to move faster and for returns to Turkey to increase is through the creation of  “closed” reception centers, which, however, the ruling SYRIZA party denounced when it was in opposition. Continue reading Mouzalas says situation on Chios has reached breaking point

Chios: Syrian refugee critical after ‘self-immolation’

Via AlJazeera – A Syrian refugee is in critical condition after what appeared to be a self-immolation attempt on the Greek island of Chios, according to medical sources.

The incident happened around 2pm local time on Thursday inside the Vial detention centre. Videos posted on social media showed the 29-year-old man – who was holding what looked like a fuel container and a lighter – being engulfed by flames, just moments after a tussle with a police officer who had grabbed him from behind in an apparent bid to stop him from setting himself on fire. Continue reading Chios: Syrian refugee critical after ‘self-immolation’

UN: Number of Syrian refugees passes five million

Via AlJazeera – UN report says Turkey now hosts nearly three million Syrians, with 47,000 more coming since February alone. The first three months of 2017 saw more than 250,000 additional Syrians register as refugees bringing the total to 5.1 million, the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR said on its website, without providing an explanation for the apparent surge.

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Ten Syrians Returned to Turkey From Greece Under EU-Turkey Deal

Via Greekreporter – Ten Syrians were returned to Adana, Turkey on a flight from Greece on Wednesday, in accordance with the EU-Turkey Statement on migration. The group included five men, one woman and four children.

One individual in the group had been denied asylum at first instance, eight had given up their right to await the outcome of their asylum applications and one revoked his intent to request asylum. Continue reading Ten Syrians Returned to Turkey From Greece Under EU-Turkey Deal

Two refugees attempted to swim to Chios

via ethnos.gr (translation from Greek) – In a nine hours long action two people from Algeria swam from Cesme to direction Chios, until the Hellenic Coast Guard spotted them and picked them up. Two two showed signs of fatique and hypothermia, so they were immediately brought to a hospital, where they were being treated. The two could not afford to pay for the crossing by rubber boat, so they decided to swim. Continue reading Two refugees attempted to swim to Chios