Turkey’s foreign minister is demanding that the European Union say when its citizens will be granted visa-free entry and adds that, if the rules aren’t loosened, Ankara will back off a deal to stem the flow of migrants into Europe.
Novinite.com – The number of migrants arriving in Greece has increased following the failed July 15 coup attempt in Turkey. According to Greek government data cited by AFP, the average rate of migrant arrivals has increased to 90 people per day, from 30 before the attempted coup. AFP quoted a Greek government source as saying that the rise in the number of migrant arrivals, could be ‘temporary’ and there was ‘no concern’ on part of the government.
Ekathimerini – Turkish officials stationed on Greek islands overlooking the implementation of a migrant relocation deal between the European Union and Turkey were ordered to return to Turkey a week ago, sources said.
DW – Following the failed military coup in Turkey, pro-Erdogan celebrations turned into the looting of Syrian-run businesses in Ankara, leaving the city’s refugees wary of their neighbors.
Human Rights Watch – Lack of Jobs, School, Health Care Spurs Poverty, Exploitation: Delays in registration and limited implementation of temporary protection policies in Turkey mean that many Syrian refugees are left without effective protection or access to jobs and services that they desperately need, Human Rights Watch said today. As long as Turkey remains burdened by overwhelming numbers of refugees and unable to provide sufficient protection and security for all, the European Union should not be sending Syrian refugees back to Turkey.
Human Rights Watch – Meanwhile on the other side of the sea: Women, Children Fearful, Unprotected; Lack Basic Shelter: (Athens) – Police are failing to protect people during frequent incidents of violence in closed centers on the Greek islands known as “hotspots,” Human Rights Watch said today. The centers were established for the reception, identification, and processing of asylum seekers and migrants. None of the three centers Human Rights Watch visited on Samos, Lesbos, and Chios in mid-May 2016, separate single women from unrelated adult men, and all three are unsanitary and severely overcrowded.
The Star – The time it takes to secure exit permits for Syrians in Turkey has delayed Liberal government’s plans to resettle thousands. Now, political instability is expected to delay things further.
The National Harald – Another 270 migrants and refugees landed on the island of Lesbos last week despite a suspended European Union swap deal with Turkey.
Aljazeera – At least four refugees, including two children, drown while six others were rescued by the Greek coastguard.
YourMiddleEast – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended his plan to give Syrian refugees Turkish citizenship in comments published Monday, arguing the country has ample space after a backlash against the suggestion