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Most Turks consider EU migrant deal negative

Hurriyet Daily News – The survey named “Turkish Foreign Policy Public Opinion Research” has concluded that 57 percent of respondents believe that Turkey’s recent deal with the European Union for the readmission of Syrian refugees was not a good one. While 21.3 percent said they did not have an opinion about the deal, 21.7 percent said they supported it.

Among those who do not approve the agreement, the majority has said they were worried about the increasing number of Syrians that are going to enter Turkey, as others have said they were concerned about the economic hardships that might be caused with their existence in the country and that the EU would not abide by the article.  

 

Call from the “Migrant Solidarity Kitchen”: Syrian refugees forced out of their homes to be taken to camps

Only in Turkish: T24 – The “Göçmen Dayanışma Mutfağı” (Migrant Solidarity Kitchen) raised awareness regarding the forced deportation of refugees from their homes to the camps in Osmaniye/Southern Turkey by the turkish police. In their written call, the Solidarity Kitchen emphasizes that during the early morning operations on the 10th of May against the Syrian Refugees, 4 families, including small children, were forced into transporters. They furthermore connect the operation to the UNOs “World Humanitarian Summit”. In addition the destinated camps are not safe for women and children.

Erdoğan approves law on Turkey-EU readmission deal

Hurriyet Daily News – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has approved a law on an agreement between Ankara and Brussels on the readmission of people residing in the EU without authorization. Erdoğan’s approval of the law was announced by his press office late on May 18, with a note that it was sent to the Prime Ministry in order to be published in the Official Gazette, thus to enter into force. As it is not published on national holidays, the Official Gazette was not published on May 19, the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day.

Hunt for Syrians in the heart of Istanbul

Only in Turkish: Cumhuriyet – Istanbul police teams started operations at the early morning on the 11th of May  in the Beyoglu district at address where Syrian Refugees are living. Following the raids of Syrian were sent to refugee camps located in Osmaniye province in southern Turkey.

EP stops work on Turkey visa waiver

EU-observer MEPs have stopped work on plans to give Turks visa-free access to the EU’s Schengen zone, putting a wider migrant deal in doubt. Group leaders in the European Parliament’s “conference of presidents” quietly suspended work on the file last Wednesday. Some of the lead MEPs on the dossier, the group coordinators in the civil liberties committee (LIBE), found out about the suspension on Monday (9 May).

Judith Sargentini, a Dutch Green MEP, said EU parliament chief Martin Schulz suspended it because Turkey had not yet met all EU visa-free criteria.

Non-Syrians denied asylum claims under EU-Turkey deal

The Guardian – Hundreds of non-Syrian asylum seekers deported under the EU-Turkey migration deal were not allowed to claim asylum in either Greece or Turkey, a group of European politicians has claimed. After interviewing 40 of the deportees, the three MEPs have concluded that, despite EU promises, the deal with Turkey is not being enacted according to international law.

Turkey readmitted 386 irregular migrants since March 20

Hurriyet Daily News – “Within the framework of the agreement with the EU, 386 irregular migrants have been readmitted to Turkey from five Greek islands. Of those, 14 of them were Syrians and a vast majority was other countries’ citizens,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tanju Bilgiç told reporters at a press conference on May 9. “Simultaneously with the readmission, the resettlement of Syrians has also started. Within this framework, 125 Syrians have been sent to Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and Lithuania,” Bilgiç added.

 

Erdogan says Turkey will not change terror laws for EU

Al Jazeera – Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected easing anti-terror legislation in exchange for visa-free travel for Turkish citizens in the European Union.  Erdogan told EU states, “We’ll go our way, you go yours,” in a statement released on Friday, just a day after the resignation of his Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. European leaders wanted Turkey to reverse recent anti-terror measures in exchange for allowing Turks to visit the EU without visa for stays of up to 90 days.

Bulgaria tо Return Migrants to Turkey from June 1

Balkan Insight – Bulgaria will be able to send back migrants who have crossed its border with Turkey illegally from June 1, according to the protocol signed between Sofia and Ankara on Thursday. The country is the first among EU member states to sign the protocol, which sets procedures for sending refugees back to Turkey.

The Turkish and Bulgarian interior ministers also agreed on procedures for a joint contact centre between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece, which will start operation in several weeks’ time at the Capitan Andreevo border checkpoint on the Bulgarian-Turkish border. It aims to allow the three countries to exchange operational information on issues related to people-smuggling, contraband and counter-terrorism.