Refucomm – This information is intended for Syrian asylum seekers in Greece who are considering opting for the Assisted Voluntary Return scheme to go back to Turkey, either with the intention to stay in Turkey or in order to return to Syria.
The Guardian – UNHCR director says aspects of deal are de facto suspended as there are no officers to oversee deportations.
The Intercept – Formerly censored but now fully published documents of Frontex, the European Border Agency, show how Greek Coast Guards shot at migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey to Greece.
The Wall Street Journal – ATHENS: A Turkish judge arrived on the Greek island of Chios Tuesday morning requesting political asylum, according to senior Greek officials, as Greece confronts the spillover of Turkey’s mid-July failed coup attempt.
Hürriyet Daily News – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that cooperation with Turkey within the scope of the European Union’s migrant deal was right and without that deal the bloc would not be able to fight human smugglers.
Hürriyet Daily News – The Ankara-based Research Center on Asylum and Migration (İGAM) and the British Embassy in Ankara have teamed up to empower refugee community NGOs in Turkey with a new project.
Hürriyet Daily News – A man who allegedly raped a nine-month-old Syrian refugee was arrested in the southeastern province of Gaziantep on Aug. 20.
Greek Reporter – According to authorities only 6 migrants have been returned to Turkey in the past 24 hours as a part of the EU-Turkey migrant deal that was reached in March stating that migrants who are not granted asylum in Greece can face returning to Turkey.
According to reports by the ANA-MPA, the Greek island of Lesvos has seen an alarming influx of migrants arriving in the last 24 hours, with some 206 reaching the island’s shores from a period of Wednesday to Thursday morning.
Anadolu Agency – Greece has sent eight Syrian refugees to Turkey on Wednesday after they gave up their right to asylum. A special flight was chartered by Frontex and the eight refugees flew by Astra Airlines to Adana, southern Turkey, according to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA).