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Migration Research Center at Koç University

International Press Reader
April 18-24, 2016

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Italian Police Forcibly Removes Migrants Stranded Near French Border
Last summer, the Italian police denied entry and forcibly removed hundreds of migrants attempting to cross the French-Italian border. Since then, the displaced constructed a makeshift camp at Ventimiglia and resisted eviction with the support of many activists. The camp was eventually closed in September. French police has been patrolling the Italian border in accordance with the Chambery agreement.

Europe Migrants: Austria Builds Brenner Border Centre Despite Criticism
Since September 2015, the migrant flow has increasingly moved from the French-Italian to the Austrian-Italian border. Austria is concerned that the closure of the Balkan route will put more pressure on the Brenner crossing.

Migrant crisis: Brenner frontier Demonstration Sees Clashes
Austrian police has clashed with people demonstrating the closure of Europe's frontiers at a border crossing with Italy.

Austria Starts Building Migrant Controls at Italian border
The blockage of the Balkan route has reactived the Central Mediterranean route, one of the most dangerous ways for the migrants to reach Europe.

Migrant Crisis: Surge in Journeys to Italy 'to Continue'
Fears 400 Refugees Have Drowned in Mediterranean after Boat Capsize
Migrant crisis: Hundreds dead after capsize, say survivors
Once again, the Mediterranean Sea has become the scene of the death of hundreds of migrants.
Türkiye'de Afgan olmak: Sınırlar arasında kimliksiz bir hayat (Turkish)
An Afghan migrant living in Turkey speaks about the harsh conditions that he faces as an irregular migrant.

Thousands flee for Turkish border after Islamic State launches surprise attack on Syrian refugees
A new wave of refugees has fled northern Syria for the Turkish border after Islamic State fighters opened fire on communities that had sheltered them, killing at least three people and uprooting thousands more.

EU – Turkey agreement: Turkey negotiates readmission agreements to better deport
Amnesty International has earlier reported about the Turkish deportations to Afghanistan and Syria without allowing people to apply for asylum. Now, Turkey is negotiating the readmission agreements with 14 countries, including Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, in order to deport them more conveniently.
One of the most contested spots on the Balkan migration route is the border between Greek and Macedonia. Between August 21 and 23, 2015, Macedonia closed its border and started to build a wall along the Greek border to stop and control the migrant's flow.

At the beginning of 2016 
 Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia and Austria have agreed that the main screening of the migrants would take place in Macedonia on the border with Greece, and that those who pass the control will be transported under police escort all the way to the Austrian border. On the 18th of November 2015, Slovenia closed its borders for refugees who are not from Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq. Just a little later, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia also adopted this practice of segregation and  since February 2016, only Syrians and Iraqis are allowed to enter.

In this way, the Macedonia-Greece border has increasingly become an open air prison for thousands of migrants. Since the closure has become effective, many protests have taken place in Eidomeni. Over the last few days,police intervention has been extremely violent.

The following articles report on the protests and state violence on the Greek-Macedonian border:

Violence Erupts in Greece as Migrants Try to Cross Into Macedonia
Desperate refugees riot at Greece-Macedonia border
Teargas fired as refugees try to breach Greek-Macedonian border
Idomeni: Macedonian police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at refugees trying to break through Greek border
Eidomeni: migrants destory fence teargased by police: video
Eidomeni (UNHCR Report)
Obama Immigration Plan Seems to Divide Supreme Court
The Supreme Court seemed sharply divided during an extended argument over President Obama's Plan that would shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to work in the country legally.

[Lesvos] Eviction of the No Border Camp
The No Borders Camp on the island of Lesvos, with a population of 300-400 people, was forcefully evicted. Around 6 o’clock in the morning the people in the camp were brought to the detention center Moria in overcrowded buses. This camp is known for  deportingpeople seeking asylum back to Turkey without a fair examination of their asylum application.

News from the border
A group of almost 60 migrants pass the French-Italian border in sign of protest. 25 of them have been violently stopped and been deported. Many abuses occured during the process.

Pope Francis Take twelve refugees back to Vatican after trip to Greece
Pope Francis visited the heart of Europe's migrant crisis and took 12 Muslim refugees, including six children, with him back to Rome. 

First analys's of Asylum Information Database, the new Greece law about migration
Greece: Asylum reform in the wake of EU-Turkey deal
The Greek parliament has approved the new asylum laws that the EU required after the EU-Turkey agreement of March 18.
Crisis or Zemblanity? Viewing the ‘Migration Crisis’ through a Greek Lens

Asylum policy: the EU’s ‘crises’ and the looming policy regime failure

Information seeking, technology use, and vulnerability among migrants at the United States–Mexico

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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