Posts Tagged “Turkey”

“Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple”

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“Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple”

Some years ago Joby Fox lost his own young daughter to cancer. The media images of the crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean deeply moved him. “Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple.” The Northern Ireland singer/songwriter flew to the Greek island of Lesbos in the winter of 2015. Leaving his wife and…

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Sharp rise in number of refugees stranded in Greece, sea rescues continue

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Sharp rise in number of refugees stranded in Greece, sea rescues continue

Refugees continue to arrive in Europe by sea and land routes. IOM estimate that by 21 September, a total of 317,228 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe since the start of 2016. While stories of rescue at sea can no longer be found leading TV news bulletins or dominating newspaper front pages, out of the…

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Amnesty: Refugee wins appeal against return to Turkey

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Amnesty: Refugee wins appeal against return to Turkey

Amnesty International report that a refugee has won an appeal against a decision that would have forcibly returned them to Turkey. A Syrian national who arrived on the Greek island of Lesvos has won an appeal against a decision that would have led to his forcible return to Turkey, underscoring the fundamental flaws in the…

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EU might need Plan B if Turkey deal collapses

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EU might need Plan B if Turkey deal collapses

Politico reports that the European Union “has quietly begun preparing a Plan B” in case the deal with Turkey collapses. “The EU’s contingency plan, described by senior diplomats, envisions turning Greece into what European leaders from Angela Merkel on down have vowed to avoid: a giant refugee camp. “Indeed, the whole rationale for the Turkey…

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Understanding Angel Merkel’s attitude towards refugees

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Understanding Angel Merkel’s attitude towards refugees

In a recent article, Global Pulse Magazine published two opinions examining the attitude of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel towards refugees and asking if she is on the ‘right side of history’. In the first, Vivien Pertusot (head of the Brussels Office of the French Institute of International Relations) argues that the German Chancellor “made a…

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Arrivals in Greece from Turkey on the increase again [Reuters]

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Arrivals in Greece from Turkey on the increase again [Reuters]

Reuters reports on figures released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) stating that that the numbers of migrants landing in Greece from Turkey is on the increase. Around 150 people a day had arrived over the last three days, still way off the numbers seen a month ago … but showing an increase since…

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EU-Turkey agreement “has now divided the refugees in Greece into two distinct groups”

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EU-Turkey agreement “has now divided the refugees in Greece into two distinct groups”

Matthew Carter is CAFOD’s Humanitarian Director. He writes on the aid agency’s blog about a family who fled the conflict in Syria and took the dangerous sea journey to Greece. Waleed, his wife and 4-year-old son borrowed money to make the journey. The short sea crossing cost them $1,850 and they shared their journey with 70…

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