Turkey’s state-run news agency “Anadolu Agency” has been providing contradicting numbers on the irregular migrants held by Turkish authority across the country. By the beginning of this year, the agency announced the number of the migrants held in the seas around Turkey to be 26,678 for 2018, indicating a rise of 21.6 percent compared to 2017. Regarding 2019, the numbers released so far sum up to more than 2,500.Continue reading Disputed Numbers on irregular migrants held across Turkey
Via Ahval News – Cyprus is increasingly becoming an attractive destination for migrants and refugees seeking shelter and a new life in Europe as they arrive in the north of the island and make their way down to the Greek Cyprus, the Cyprus Mail said.
A buffer zone divides the northern Turkish Cyprus from the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus, a European Union member.The Mediterranean island has been split since Turkish invasion of the northern third in 1974.
Via The New Arab – Turkish coastguard are searching for ten migrants lost at sea after their boat sank in the Aegean Sea, according to the country’s state-run news agency. Continue reading Ten persons missing after boat capsizes close to Dikili
Via Ahval News – At least two children have drowned, and several others are missing, after a boat carrying migrants sank just 50 metres off Turkey’s western coast near the resort of Bodrum early on Monday, Turkish news site HaberTürk reported .
Nineteen people on the boat were rescued, and three made it ashore by themselves, HaberTürk quoted coast guards as saying.
Via Hurriyet Daily News – A group of tourists off the southwestern Turkish province of Muğla were surprised to see an exhausted migrant in the sea, who was attempting to cross from Turkey to Greece with a child swim ring.
The migrant, identified as Nour Mohammad by local media on Oct. 19, was trying to swim to the Greek island of Kos (İstanköy), which is eight miles in distance from Muğla’s famous resort town of Bodrum.
Via BBC – At least 22 people, including a number of children, were killed in Turkey when a lorry carrying migrants plunged off a road, state media say.
The lorry crashed through a barrier and landed in an irrigation canal 20m (65ft) below, in the western province of Izmir.
The nationality of the victims was not immediately known.
A day earlier, 11 people thought to be migrants died when their car burst into flames after a crash in Greece.
Via Danish Refugee Council – 19 NGOs decry conditions at the site, now worse than ever, and call for sustainable solutions to both decongest the islands and improve conditions across first receptions centres in North Aegean Sea.
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People trapped on the Greek Islands are deprived of basic rights
Via Deportation Monitoring Aegean and Legal Centre Lesbos – Since the EU-Turkey Statement, more and more people seeking protection in Europe are deported directly from the Greek Islands to Turkey. According to the European Commission, at least 2,224 people have been deported to Turkey since the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal on 20th of March 2016. Under constant threat of being deported, many people have to stay in a state of limbo for more than a year. They have to wait in the dehumanising living conditions of the barbed wired European hotspot camps on the Greek Islands that are unable to meet their fundamental needs. The deadlock situation drives people to despair. Already in 2017, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) denounced a “mental health emergency” on the Greek islands. Continue reading Deportation Monitoring Aegean and Legal Centre Lesbos Publish Joint Report
Via DW (17.08) – The German Interior Ministry has announced it has reached a deal that will allow it to return asylum-seekers to Greece. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spain’s Pedro Sanchez agreed to a similar compromise last week.
Via Sputnik (23.07.18) – Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Monday that Turkey was not fulfilling its agreement with the European Union to help curb migration to Europe, despite Ankara having received financial aid that was promised under the deal, pointing out that 1,200 migrants had arrived to Italy from Turkey since the beginning of 2018.