Although conflict in Mosul subsided and the number of civilian casualties in Iraq continued to go down, vulnerable populations remain stranded in numerous countries and displacement remained high. Movement from Turkey to Greece continued in July at low but dangerous levels.
Refugee, Asylum Seeker & Migrant Perceptions in Gaziantep and Kilis, Turkey
Quantitative Round - June 2017
This report analyses data collected from refugees and asylum-seekers in Gaziantep and Kilis, Turkey between April 24 and May 6, 2017. It is the first in a series of data collection rounds by Ground Truth Solutions in Turkey, under the Mixed Migration Platform (MMP).
By the end of June, the conflict in Mosul was reportedly
drawing to an end. Ongoing fighting, however,
continued to drive displacement within Iraq and also
to Syria, with the number of Iraqis in Al Hol camp
increasing by 21% since the end of May.
Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions in Istanbul
For this report, Ground Truth Solutions interviewed 422 non-camp refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants living in Istanbul. Findings include most respondents saying they did not know what support or settlement options are available to them. Many said their priority needs were not being met, particularly for the most vulnerable. More refugees said they trusted information from Turkish authorities than from aid agencies.
May was marked by ongoing conflict in Iraq, flight and continue apprehensions both in Syria and Turkey. The number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries increased, as well as Internal displacement. More than 2,110 people travelled from Turkey to Greece by sea in May. While Syrians and Iraqis comprised the largest percentageof arrivals, diversity continues to increase compared to 2016.
Exploitation of refugees and other migrants in the Middle East and Europe
Since tightening internal and external borders and signing the March 2016 EU-Turkey Agreement, European governments have heralded their success in reducing the number of refugees and other migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey. However, the same policies that have reduced migration flows have simultaneously driven protection concerns for those still on the move, who rely more heavily on people smugglers to reach their destinations undetected.