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Migration Research Center at Koç University

International Press Reader
May 2-8
, 2016

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that since the beginning of 2016 almost 181,476 of migrants have come to Europe via sea. The IOM also estimates that every month about 300 person have died trying to cross the Mediterranean.

This time last year, almost 500 people lost their life on one single day in one of the biggest catastrophes on the Mediterranean.

Survivors of migrant shipwreck claim hundreds died in the mediterranean
Survivor Tells of Mediterranean Sea Disaster That May Have Killed 500 Migrants
Deadliest January on record for refugees raises alarm

What is the European Union's response?

Two joint operations of Frontex are taking place in the Mediterranean, the Triton Joint operation in the Central Mediterranean, replacing the former Italian Mare Nostrum operation, and the Poseidon operation in the Aegean Sea and the Hera operation in the West Mediterranean.

Frontex patrols the Mediterranean through different Joint Operations: the Triton Joint operation in central Mediterranean that takes place of the previous Italian operation Mare Nostrum, the Poseidon operation on the Aegean Sea and Hera operation on the west Mediterranean.

The Joint Operations have a dual aim of patrolling the sea to prevent irregular migration and, according to the European Regulation 656/2014, initiating search and rescue operations at sea. In accordance with the SOLAS and SAR agreements about safety at sea, migrants should be brought to a safe country after rescue. However, the definition of these "safe countries" differs from the EU's definition of "safe third countries" to which the refugees are deported.

Despite this, people continue to die at sea and the European Union fails to provide an efficient response to the migration crisis. The problems are tightly linked to the scarce opportunities for migrants to arrive in Europe legally. 

Almost one year ago, Australia refused to give asylum to more than 8000 Rohinghya refugees . Who are the Rohinghya and why are they persecuted?

Nope, nope, nope, Tony Abbott says Australia will take no Rohingya refugees (May 2015)

Rohinghya people, the most persecuted refugee in the world
The truth about Myanmar's Rohinghya issues 
Rohingya The name. The movement. The quest for identity

One year later, Australian migration and asylum policies remain strict and relocation is not accepted. Conditions in the detention center on the island of Manus have been declared unconstitutional. 

Indonesia appeals Australia to accept more refugee 
Manus Island detention center to close Papua  New Guinea says
Dark Justice: Australia's Indefinite Detention of Refugees on Security Grounds under International
Human Rights Law
Refugee makes real news with a fake camera in Idomeni 
As the Idomeni refugee camp in Greece fades from the 24-hour news cycle, three refugees are filling the (absent) reporters' shoes. What began as a parody with a fake camera has become a real online news outlet.

How Turkey's promise to stop the flow of refugee is creating another crisis
Turkey is struggling to cope with the 2,7 million Syrians it hosts and to honor its agreement to stop refugees from crossing into Europe. Renewed fighting in Syria last week pushed tens of thousands of Syrians closer to the border with Turkey, in a sign that the problem could still get worse.

Greece, Turkey and EU
During a visit to Brussels, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu stated that if Brussels did not hold up its end of the EU-Turkey agreement on refugees, which involves the relaxation of visa rules for Turks by June, then “no one would expect Turkey to adhere its commitments” to stem the flow of migrants reaching Greece either.


Home making over protracted exile: diverse responses of refugee families in the face of remigration, Naohiko Omata 
Human mobility as a resource in conflict; the case of Syria, Diana Ihring
Governing refugees: Justice, order and legal pluralism, Kirsten McConnachie
EU law and the detainability of asylum-seeker, Cathryn Costello and Minos Mouzourakis 
Militaries and Humanitarian innovation: opportunities and risk, Josiah Kaplan and Evan Easton-Calabria
‘Refugees asked to fish for themselves’: the role of livelihoods trainings for Kampala’s urban refugees, Evan Easton-Calabria


Informal Migrant Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Growth in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique,  J
onathan Crush, Caroline Skinner and Abel Chikanda
Migrant Entrepreneurship, Collective violence and Xenophobia in South Africa, Jonathan Crush and Sujata Ramachandran
International migration of health professionals and the marketization and privatization of health education in India: From push–pull to global political economy, Margaret Walton-Roberts


The Localized Global Economy in Northern Morocco - La economía global localizada en el norte de Marruecos, Antonio Trinidad Requena et al

Epidemics, national security, and US immigration policy, Robbie J. Totten
International relations, material and military power and united states immigration policy: american strategies to utilize foreigners for  geopolitical strength, Robbie J. Totten


EU/Greece: First Turkey Deportations Riddled With Abuse

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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