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”.

Abstract from the borderline-europe newsletter on HarekAct

borderline-europe published a part about HarekAct and the developments of the last two month regarding the Turkish migration regime and the EU-Turkey Deal in their last newsletter. We translated it into English. Read the German version below.

Last July, we already presented the collective blog project HarekAct, which bordermonitoring.eu, GAR, kritnet, Mülteci-Der and borderline-europe maintain in collaboration. The blog has been online now for almost one year and is presenting critical and up-to-date information and analyses about the European-Turkish border regime, focussing on the migration collaboration between the EU and Turkey as well as on the realities of life of refugees and migrants in Turkey. Continue reading Abstract from the borderline-europe newsletter on HarekAct

A new wall at the Turkish-Iranian border to be constructed

Via Gazete Duvar (Link in Turkish) – Following the wall constructed at the Syrian border, Turkey will build a new wall at the Iranian border. The distance between Ağrı and Iğdır will be closed by a 70 kilometer wall and the rest will be covered with wire looms and towers.

According to Abdulkadir Selvi, a columnist from Hürriyet newspaper, Turkey is preparing to close the Iranian border on the grounds of PKK. For this aim, the border will be covered with concrete wall, iron barb wire and watch towers.

Turkish soldiers get asylum in Germany

Via Tagesschau (link in German) – Around 400 Turkish Soldiers and Diplomats including their families applied for asylum in Germany since the attempted coup in Turkey. Now the first applications have been positively decided on: Several soldiers and their families got asylum in Germany.

According to unofficial information the ‚Federal Office for Migration and Refugees’ (BAMF) might have waiting for after the referendum to take a decision. Officially the BAMF is denying this information. The decision could have a signal effect for other European countries who as well got asylum requests from Turkish citizens.

Syrian refugees’ journey from Jordan to Germany

Written by David Lagarde, published in Anthology Hypotheses 15th February – This field report is part of a project of doctoral research into the networks and dynamics of Syrian exile to Jordan. This research is based on longitudinal monitoring of an ordinary group of refugees from Deir Mqaren – a village in the Rif Dimashq Governorate – and its aim is to analyze and understand the population’s “diasporization” process. Another of its objectives is to show how cross-border trade circulation initiated by the men of Deir Mqaren during the Ottoman era has influenced the migratory paths taken by all the families of the village since 2011. Continue reading Syrian refugees’ journey from Jordan to Germany

Turkey’s ‘special refugees’

Via Open Democracy (from 16th April) – Nil Mutluer on the western gaze on Turkish politics and those fleeing its consequences:

“In Turkey’s story, the western gaze is searching for new victims. Yes, I fled Turkey with my three year old daughter, but am I that victim? Well, I am a ‘scholar at risk’, that much is true enough. Although I have been active in various feminist and human rights circles and have been working on issues regarding democratization for almost two decades, I have officially gained that status thanks to one modest political act in a whole lifetime: I joined over a thousand other colleagues – Academics for Peace – in signing a peace petition, “We will not be a Party to This Crime”, which called on the Turkish state to cease its accelerating violence in the Kurdish provinces and respect domestic and international laws. Continue reading Turkey’s ‘special refugees’

Deportation center in Izmir: Refugees are crying for help – What’s happening!?

Via Gazete Karinca (Link in Turkish) – The Turkish NGO, Halkların Köprüsü Derneği (HKD), held a press statement on May 6, 2017 in order to draw attention to the outrageous conditions that the refugees detained in Harmandalı Deportation Center in İzmir were exposed. After the news footage of the refugees in the Center crying for help reflected in the press, a number of NGOs, including HKD moved to inspect the Center and yet, were refused to a permission of entry. The lawyers’ entry to inspect the conditions of refugees was also prevented by the Governorship of İzmir.

Hungerstrike in Solidarity with Dismissed teachers and academics in Turkey

Laut dem Bericht der Human Rights Joint Platform sind nach dem Militärputschversuch zwischen dem 21. Juli 2016 und 20. April 2017 123.518 Beamte per Dekret entlassen worden. Am 29. April wurde ein neues Dekret veröffentlicht. Die Zahl ist größer geworden. Die Entlassenen dürfen nicht mehr im Staasdienst tätig sein.

Akademikerin Nuriye Gülmen und Lehrer Semih Özakça, die täglich seit 177 Tagen gegen ihre Entlassung, für die Aufhebung ihres widerrechtlichen und ungeregechten Arbeitsverbots, in Ankara protestieren. Sie sind zusätzlich seit 57 Tagen in den unbefristeten Hungerstreik getreten.

Wir, Mitglieder von Academics for Peace, werden für die Solidarität mit Nuriye Gülmen und Semih Özakça in den Hungerstrike treten.

Continue reading Hungerstrike in Solidarity with Dismissed teachers and academics in Turkey

Reporting on the Turkish-EU Border Regime