Via Ekathimerini – A total of 1.690 migrants arrived on Greece’s eastern Aegean islands in March, up by almost a half from February but only 6 percent of the figure from a year ago, Frontex said Wednesday.
Syrians, Iraqis and Pakistanis accounted for a majority of the detections on the Eastern Mediterranean route, the EU’s border guard agency said.
After the route leading from the Turkish shores to Greece was shut down last year, the overall arrivals in the EU in the first quarter of the year have been about two-thirds lower than a year ago and stood at some 32,650 people.
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The Turkish ministry of defense announced today on Twitter that the construction of the border wall to Syria has been completed with the help of TOKI – the state housing authority. The complete wall is now 566 km long.
Via Evrensel – The 29-year-old Syrian refugee lost his life after a self-immolation attempt on the Greek island Chios after being treated in Athens Evangelismos Hospital. He had arrived on the island some weeks ago and was given the decision of deportation.
Via Evrensel – Syrian refugees were attacked in the Torbalı district of Izmir. It was reported that the attack that took place in Pamukyazı neighborhood was carried out on a rumor that a child was beaten by the Syrians. Knives and sticks used in the attack, 1 heavily injured and 30 people were wounded. About 500 Syrians who were trying to save their lives after the attack were forced to leave the neighborhood they lived in.
Translation by Migrant Solidarity Network
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Via Ekathimerini – A total of 124 migrants and refugees have landed on Greek shores in the past 24 hours, with 80 arriving on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, 30 on Chios and 14 on Leros.
According to official figures, 62,204 migrants and refugees are currently stranded in mainland Greece and its islands.
Via ProAsyl* – A Syrian family father was denied family reunification in Germany. After years of waiting, his wife and children crossed the Aegean by boat. A deadly attempt: The boat sank. The family died because there was no legal possibility for them to reunite with their husband and father. Continue reading The refusal of family-reunification has deadly consequences
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
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
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
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