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News – Migrant crisis: Greece starts deportations to Turkey

From the BBC News Service:

Migrant crisis: Greece starts deportations to Turkey

First group of returned migrants were welcomed by Turkish officials in Diki. Image Copyright: BBC.

The first boat carrying migrants being deported from Greece has arrived in Turkey as part of an EU plan aimed at easing mass migration to Europe.

Scores of migrants boarded ferries on the Greek island of Lesbos and arrived in Dikili, western Turkey.

Frontex, the EU’s border agency, told the BBC that most of the 136 people who left Lesbos on Monday were Pakistanis.

Meanwhile, the first group of 16 Syrian migrants has arrived in Germany from Turkey, officials say.

Under the deal, for each Syrian migrant returned to Turkey, the EU is due to take in another Syrian who has made a legitimate request.

However, Greek authorities said the first deportees were those who had not applied for asylum, and included citizens from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Morocco.

And Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir said there were no Syrians among the first group of migrants sent from Greece.

Another ferry carrying migrants to Turkey is also due to leave the Greek island of Chios on Monday.

The returns were carried out calmly, despite a small protest at the gate of Lesbos port, where activists shouted ‘No to deportations’ and ‘EU shame on you’, the BBC’s Sarah Rainsford at the scene said.

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See Also – ReliefWeb: Turkey prepares for up to 500 migrants from Greece on Monday

New Publications on Durable Solutions in Kosovo; EU Statistics; Urban Refugees; and Urban Settings

Eurostat regional yearbook 2012

Eurostat regional yearbook 2012

Kosovo: Durable solutions still elusive 13 years after conflict.
Published by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, (IDMC).

The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Kosovo has dropped slightly in recent years. A September 2012 estimate by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) put the figure at 17,900, compared with around 19,700 in 2009. Most ethnic Serb IDPs live in northern Kosovo, where they rely on a system of education, policing and health care services provided entirely by Serbia. Many others live in enclaves in areas where their ethnic group constitutes a majority, but where they often face restrictions on their freedom of movement and have little access to livelihoods and services.(…)

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre).

European Union Labour Force Survey – Annual results 2011.

Basic figures on the EU — Autumn 2012 edition

Basic figures on the EU

By the European Commission.
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(Source: DocuBase)

Eurostat regional yearbook 2012
By the European Commission.
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(Source: Eurostat)

European Social Statistics
By the European Commission.
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(Source: Eurostat).

European Social Statistics

European Social Statistics

Basic figures on the EU — Autumn 2012 edition
By the European Commission.
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(Source: Eurostat).

Moving from the ‘why’ to the ‘how’: reflections on humanitarian response in urban settings.
Article by Elena Lucchi (Médecins sans Frontières.)
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(Source: ALNAP)

“Forgotten,” “Hidden”: Predicaments of the Urban Refugee
Article by Phil Marfleet.
[Download Article]
(Source: ALNAP)

 

New Puiblications on the Middle East; EU; Repatriation & Return; Statelessness; Human Trafficking

UNHCR World Map

UNHCR World Map

International Support for Reparation Processes and the Palestinian Refugee Issue (Chatham House, Feb. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

“Iraqi Refugees and the Humanitarian Costs of the Iraq War: What Role for Social Work?,” International Journal of Social Welfare, vol. 21, no. 1 (Jan. 2012) [free full-text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Joint United Nations Comments on The European Commission Proposal for a Directive Establishing Minimum Standards on the Rights, Support and Protection of Victims of Crime (UNHCR et al., March 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Common EU Resettlement Priorities for 2013 and New Rules on EU Funding (Council of the European Union, March 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

The Evaluation of the Return Process of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons Back to their “Home of Origin”: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Thesis submitted to Department of Baltic Slavic and Oriental Studies (University of Macedonia, 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

“Understanding Repatriation: Refugee Perspectives on the Importance of Safety, Reintegration, and Hope,” Population, Space and Place, vol. 18, no. 1 (January/February 2012) [free full-text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Gender Equality, Nationality Laws and Statelessness (UNHCR, 2012) [access]
– See background note, testimonials and a press release.
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

European Good Practices: Advocacy Tool in Serbia – Report on the Expert Debate. Right to be Recognized as a Person before the Law; Right to Adequate Housing (Praxis et al., Feb. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

World Map of Parties to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, as of 1 March 2012 (UNHCR, March 2012) [access]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy (USAID, Feb. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

An Evidence Assessment of the Routes of Human Trafficking into the UK (UK Home Office, March 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Guidelines for Assisting Victims of Human Trafficking in the East Africa Region (IOM, Feb. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Incorporating Human Trafficking in Academic Institutions: The European Experience, Amsterdam, 25-26 November 2011 [info]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)