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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.

71 Syrians stopped trying to reach Greece by sea

Via Ekathimerini – Turkey’s coast guard says it stopped 71 Syrian migrants attempting to reach Greece. The migrants were stopped in a rubber dinghy early Tuesday in Izmir province, on the Aegean sea, as they began their journey to the Greek island of Lesvos.

According to Turkish coast guard statistics, more than 5,000 migrants have been stopped so far this year, a fifth of the total number in 2016.

Former editor of Turkish news magazine arrested trying to flee to Greece

Via Hurriyet Daily News – The editor-in-chief of a now shut-down weekly magazine, who was sentenced to over 22 years in jail on May 22 for “inciting an armed uprising against the Turkish government,” was arrested on May 24 in the northwestern province of Edirne while attempting to flee to neighboring Greece, a security source has said. Continue reading Former editor of Turkish news magazine arrested trying to flee to Greece

Three policemen, university student caught near Bulgarian border while on way to escape Turkey

Via Turkey Purge – Three dismissed police chiefs and a university students were detained near Turkey’s Kapikule border gate with Bulgaria on Wednesday. The four people were detained in a military zone in Turkish part while they were reportedly on their way to escape Turkey’s post-coup crackdown to Bulgaria.

According to state-run Anadolu news agency, the detainees had outstanding arrests warrants earlier issued against them over links to the Gulen movement. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt and has detained more than 120,000 people in its crackdown since then.

Thousands of refugees on Greek islands risk losing vital services as charities prepare to withdraw

Via The Independent – Thousands of refugees in Greece are at risk of losing vital support as charities prepare to withdraw services from camps on the country’s “hotspot” islands, as changes to EU funding are set to leave them out of contract by the end of July.

The Greek government will take over funding and managing support services to the camps on 31 July, but aid organisations fear the prospect of a “humanitarian gap” resulting from a poorly planned transition.

Clashes erupt in Istanbul between Turks and migrants whose lives remain on hold

Via Los Angeles Times – Turkish authorities on May 16 detained more than 300 undocumented migrantsin Istanbul’s Sultanciftligi neighborhood — mostly from Pakistan and Afghanistan — after Turkish nationals and migrants clashed, resulting in the death of a Turkish man allegedly killed by an Afghan migrant.

It’s the latest outbreak of violence between migrants and locals in Turkey in the wake of simmering tensions. Human rights groups say Turkey has fast become an unsafe country for millions of migrants and refugees seeking to resettle in Europe.

Over 300 Afghans and Syrians evacuated from Istanbul neighborhood after killing of local

Via Hurriyet Daily News – Over 300 people of Afghan and Syrian origin were evacuated from an Istanbul neighborhood on May 16 amid rising tension after the killing of a local man by a foreign resident on May 14, Doğan News agency has reported. They will now be sent to migrant camps in different provinces across Turkey.

Ramazan Şahin, 24, was killed during a brawl between locals and migrants in the İsmetpaşa neighborhood of the Sultangazi district, after which riot police intervened with water cannon and tear gas against a group protesting the killing.

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Racist provocation in Sultangazi: 16 refugees injured and 116 in custody awaiting deportation

Via Yeryüzü postasi (Link in Turkish) – After three days of racist attacks and lynching of refugees in Istanbul’s Sultangazi İsmetpaşa district, the police has arrested 116 refugees. They are going to be deported.

Ramazan Şahin lost his life during the attacks from Turkish citizens towards Afghan and Syrian refugees on sunday. The racist mob claimed that the refugees had “talked to girls” and used this statement as an excuse for lynching an Afghan migrant after the funeral prayer. Since sunday racist groups continued attacking refugees in Sultangazi. At least 16 refugees were wounded so far.

Solidarity crowdfunding campaigns for dismissed Academics for Peace

With the crackdown on the Turkish academies launched since the beginning of 2016, 452 Academics for Peace have been dismissed from their jobs or forced to resign and retire. These academics did not only loose their jobs but they are also stripped of the civil rights and virtually banned from getting re-employed in the private sector as well.

Several organizations including Unions are trying to put together funds to make up for lost incomes, help living costs as well as legal costs. As HarekAct, we are in support with the Academics for Peace and would like to disseminate the information about two crowfunding campaigns as follows:

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Greece: Between Deterrence & Integration

Via Refugees DeeplyDaniel Howden, journalist and senior editor at Refugees Deeply, writes about the current situation on refugees in Greece and the impacts of EU-Turkey deal. He provides a detailed and vivid account on more than 50,000 refugees and migrants stranded within Greece’s borders. For Howden, policies that segregate the refugees from the host population and the absence of integration schemes create a gloomy atmosphere of deterrence, where the Greek state tries to ignore the situation by hoping that the problem “will vanish by itself”.