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Refugees and migrants flows increase again: 566 new arrivals in last five days

via Keep talking Greece – More migrants and refugees crossed to Turkey: In last five days, a total of 566 people arrived to the Greek islands on boat coming from Turkey. Most of them arrived on the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos. It is unclear whether the flow increase is due to fair weather conditions or whether Ankara started to make its threats come true. Continue reading Refugees and migrants flows increase again: 566 new arrivals in last five days

More refugee reach Greek islands through Aegean

Deutschlandfunk (Link in German) – More refugees than usual arrived on the islands in the Eastern Aegean during the last two days.

According to authorities in charge 360 people crossed from the Turkish mainland to the Greek islands. Lately, an average of 35 people per day crossed the Aegean. The Greek coast guards explain the rise of arrivals with better weather conditions. The Turkish government repeatedly threatened the EU with the resignation of the migration agreement. Continue reading More refugee reach Greek islands through Aegean

Bulgaria says ready to protect border with Turkey

Yahoo – Bulgaria said Saturday it was ready to boost patrols and finish a fence along its southeastern frontier with Turkey in an effort to hold off any new influx of migrants. The pledge comes as Turkey is in separate rows with Bulgaria and the EU, raising worries Ankara could allow a rush of asylum seekers across the border.

Erdogan threatens to scrap EU-Turkey migrant deal

BBC – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to tear up a key migrant deal with the European Union. He said the EU could “forget about” Turkey re-admitting failed asylum seekers who had reached Europe via Turkey, a key part of the agreement.

Mr Erdogan also said the EU’s top court was leading a “crusade” against Islam. His comments are the latest in a widening, increasingly acrimonious dispute with EU governments and institutions.

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Turkey having second thoughts about the Deal

Are you Syrious – Turkey has partially suspended the refugee agreement with the EU. At present, no refugees are withdrawn from the Greek islands, said the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu today. The main reason for this, according to him, is the lack of visa-free travel for the Turks in the EU, interpreting that as the Union’s not respecting of their side of the deal. There are a lot of doubts about these potential “threats” from the Turkish side.

According to the latest official statistics, 110 people have been returned to Turkey from the Aegean islands in 2017. In spite of the decision for Turkey to “ re-evaluate” the land-passage aspects of the EU- Turkey deal, he also said that Turkey would not reopen its Aegean border.

Turkey to put readmission of refugees on hold

Zeit Online (link in German) – Turkey is partly putting the refugee agreement with the EU  on hold. On Wednesday, Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said towards the TV-channel 24TV that no refugees are being admitted back from the Greek islands at the moment. At the same time, he threatened with a complete revocation of the deal. The Turkish government could end the agreement at any time, he said adding that ‘from now on, we could say that we will not put the deal into practice and it’s over.’

A Threat on Migration That May Prove to Be Empty

The New York Times on Turkey’s threats to review the EU-Turkey Deal again. 

“We will review the migrant deal if necessary,” Numan Kurtulmus, Turkey’s deputy prime minister, warned on Monday night. In Europe, the announcement prompted fears of a repeat of the 2015 migration surges that saw 850,000 people leave Turkey for Greece in a single year. “I expect waves of people,” he said in a video call on Tuesday night. “The business will come back to the way it was, and maybe better.”

Greece: Refugees rescued off Peloponnese Island

via Handelsblatt (Link in German) – 84 people were rescued on Thursday night by the Greek coastguard and a cargo vessel off the Peloponnese peninsula. They were in distress at sea, so they had to call the Greek Coast Guards.

Officials from the Greek CG assume that the refugees had left from the Turkish coast in order to reach Italy. After the closure of the Balkan route they now tried to reach Italy by the much more dangerous journey from Turkey through the southern Peloponnese and Ionian sea, to avoid being practically imprisoned on the Greek islands. The Greek CG rescued more than 260 refugees south of the Peloponnese peninsula since the beginning of this year already.

EU court lacks jurisdiction over migrants’ EU-Turkey deal complaint

europe online magazine – The General Court of the European Union said on Tuesday it does not have the jurisdiction to pass judgement on a case brought about by three asylum seekers against a migration deal struck between EU member states and Turkey.

The complainants, two Pakistanis and one Afghan national, had challenged an agreement between Ankara and the bloc to send back migrants arriving in Europe from Turkey. They had each applied for asylum in Greece and argued that they risked persecution if sent back to their home countries.
Continue reading EU court lacks jurisdiction over migrants’ EU-Turkey deal complaint

50% of Turkish-Syrian border wall completed according to TOKI

Star (link in Turkish) – The Public Administration of Social Housing (TOKİ), which is attached to the prime minister office, declared that 50 % of the wall that is being constructed along the Turkish-Syrian border is completed.

In total the wall will be 511 km long: Of these, 97 km in the province of Hatay; 67 km in Kilis; 38,10 km in Gaziantep; 194 km in Şanlıurfa; 66 km in Mardin and 47 km in Şırnak. Continue reading 50% of Turkish-Syrian border wall completed according to TOKI