Following the EU-Turkey statement in mid-March 2016, and the first implementations of the EU-Turkey deal on April 4th, the fate of migrants in both Turkey and the EU seemed increasingly under a vail uncertainty. As many INGO’s, institutions and local groups working in migration hotspots around Turkey condemed the deal, and questioned its legitimacy and legality, a need to collect information concerning arrivals from the EU, unlawful detention, possible breaches of human rights and much more became apparent. As a response to this need, the Observatory for Human Rights and Forced Migrants in Turkey – OHRFMT – was founded. Continue reading Presenting OHRFMT: Observatory for Human Rights and Forced Migrants in Turkey
tagesspiegel – During the first half of 2016, almost as many asylum applications of Turkish citizens have been registered in Germany as throughout the last year. While in 2015 1.767 persons from Turkey applied for asylum, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees counted 1.719 applicants for the time from January until June 2016. Most of the applicants in 2016 have a Kurdish background. So far, the Federal office could not comment on a possible change of the situation in the aftermath of the attempted coup.
Kaos GL – Muhammed Wisam Sankari was a gay Syrian refugee. He had arrived in Istanbul a year ago. He was threatened, kidnapped, raped. Last week he was found dead in Yenikapi and was stabbed multiple times. Wisam’s friends identified him by his pants.
Bordermonitoring Bulgaria – Several Turkish speaking news sites (citing an article of a journalist from the Anadolou Agency) were reporting about a new victim of the European Border Regime. The 28 year old Iranian Reza Hassani was missing for about 18 days. He was found dead in the jungles of Karacadağ.
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.
A report from the contested borders in the Aegean region
By Sabine Hess and Gerda Heck, June 2016
[updated in September 2016]
After months of massive refugee movements that have breathtakingly struggled their way towards Northern Europe last year, European Union member states have started to launch diverse actions and measurements to regain control. A coalition of Eastern European states led by Austria proclaimed the closing of the Balkan route in March this year that led to massive national re-bordering activities and the blatant construction of fences. Continue reading European restabilization attempts of the external borders and their consequences
This blog-project is the collective work of a group of researchers and (no border) activists from Turkey, Austria and Germany active in networks such as kritnet (Network for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies), GAR (Migration Researchers’ Platform, Turkey), Mülteci-Der, borderline-europe, and bordermonitoring.eu.
We decided to set up the blog „HarekAct – Reporting on the Turkish-EU Border Regime“ – a combination of the Turkish word „hareket“ (movement) and the english word „act“. It will aim at contributing to a critical and analytical knowledge production on the question of migration in general, with a focus on the case of Turkey in particular. Continue reading Welcome to HarekAct!
Amnesty International – On 18 March 2016, the EU and Turkey agreed to a far-reaching migration control deal, under which Turkey would take back all “irregular migrants” who reached the Greek islands. The main justification for the EU-Turkey Deal is the assumption that Turkey is a safe place to which asylum-seekers and refugees can be returned. This briefing exposes this assumption as a fiction.