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Migration Research Center at Koç University

International Press Reader
May 23-29
, 2016

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World Humanitarian Summit                     Migration This Week
On May 23 and 24, Istanbul is hosting the World Humanitarian Summit. Leading international organizations and individuals gather to discuss how to tackle the different global challenges we are facing today.

The main goals of the summit were outlined as followed:
  1. Reaffirm our commitment to humanity and humanitarian principles
  2. Initiate actions and commitments which enable countries and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and be more resilient to shocks
  3. Share best practices which help save lives around the world, placing affected people at the centre of humanitarian action and alleviating suffering. 
The question remains whether the humanitarian approach can truly present a solution to the crises the world is facing. The humanitarian approach often avoids or ignores the political causes of the crises, instead solely responding to them and thereby leading to a spiral effect that is hard to maintain.
Global crises overwhelming aid system, says the migration chief
One of the key issues at the summit was the growing demands on aid agencies. At the heart of many problems within the current aid system are bitter arguments about who should bear the costs of supporting people who have fled these conflicts. Syria’s neighbors are so overwhelmed by the millions of people who have sought refuge inside their borders that they are struggling even to feed some of them.

Children fleeing conflict deserve more than razor wire and borders fancies
This article draws attention to the 30 million children displaced by conflict and crisis and urges the summit to prioritize their protection.

30 Million children have lost their home, they shouldn't loose their education
As the international community has fiddled, the education opportunities of a generation of Syrian children have burned. A new fund could help change that.

Is the World Humanitarian Summit part of Turkey’s soft power strategy?
The World Humanitarian Summit may well be a signature initiative of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, designed to create for himself a dynamic, if not dubious, humanitarian legacy, but it could hardly have been more heartily welcomed than in Turkey, the country where the 2016 WHS takes place.

Istanbul'un göbeğinde Suriyeli avı (Turkish)

On May 10 at 6 a.m. in the morning, the police and the municipal police arrested members of 4 families from Tarlabaşı neighborhood and brought them to the refugee camp in Osmaniye. Different organizations have reported human rights violations occurring in the refugee camp.

Testimony of sexual abuse over kids in the refugee camp in Turkey
Harrowing accounts by pre-teen victims of a rapist at Turkey’s Nizip refugee camp paint a picture of systematic abuse at the site designed to be a sanctuary. Amid the ongoing probe, neither reporters, nor opposition MPs are able to freely access the camp.
Why are Afghan refugees leaving Iran?
Iran hosts some three million Afghan refugees, many of whom have poured into the country since the United States-led invasion in 2001. However, only an estimated 950.000 are United Nations-registered, as Iranian authorities have not provided all Afghan refugees with an opportunity to legally claim asylum.

Those born in the country are afforded UN-recognised refugee status, but they hold only a fraction of the rights granted to Iranian citizens. Many live without residency documents and are forced to exist off the grid, making their living from the black market.

Migration between the poor countries rising faster than in the rich ones
The number of people migrating between poorer countries in 2015 rose faster than the number migrating from poor to rich countries, despite the high number of people trying to reach Europe.

“South-south” migration – or movement between poorer countries – accounted for 37% of all migration last year, two percentage points more than “south-north” migration, according to a report from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Homeless at home: most displaced people found in Syria, Iraq and Yemen
This report delves into the numbers overshadowed by the refugee crisis – the 28 million people forced by violence or disaster to live elsewhere in their country last year.

EU-Turkey deal 'historic abdication' of Europe's moral duties: MSF
Doctors Without Borders on May 13 slammed the EU-Turkey deal to stem the influx of migrants to the bloc as a "historic abdication" of Europe's moral and legal responsibilities.

Kenya to close world's largest refugee camp
Kenya is planning to close the world’s largest refugee camp, which it says poses a security threat that could lead to terrorist attacks.

An estimated 330,000 refugees will be affected when the Dadaab camp in northeast Kenya is shut down. Most refugees there are from Somalia who escaped conflict in their country.

About MiReKoç

Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoc) was established in August 2004 as a grant-giving program by the joint initiation of Koç University (Istanbul) and the Foundation for Population, Migration, and Environment (PME, Zurich).

As of 2010 MiReKoc has become a fully functioning research center aimed at developing the research capacity to address migration issues in Turkey.

In addition to being an institutionalized hub for Turkey-related migration research, MiReKoc also initiates conferences, workshops, meetings and seminars aimed at engaging students, academics, bureaucrats, policymakers, stakeholders and civil society organizations (CSO).

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