After a long negotiation process, the European Union has hammered together a plan to admit 120,000 Syrian refugees. Yet there is still a lot of uncertainty about how the member states are going to integrate the newcomers.
The EU mini-summit held in Brussels on the November 29 agreed a deal to keep more refugees in Turkey and out of the EU. What does this mean for those already in Turkey, now excluded from the EU's protection?
While the Turkish government claims that all original residents will be able to return to Sur, it is likely
that, similar to what happened in New Orleans, many of those who have fled will
not come back.
One can only conclude
that the Turkish Government’s heavy-handed reaction to petitions supporting
arrested academics is the continuation of a wider trend of restricting civil liberties
and freedom of speech.
Words have power. The meaning of the word ‘refugee’ must be challenged to represent the experiences of the millions of individuals who have lost everything and yet wake up each day seeking to build a better life for themselves.
Unfortunately, the peace process has not
produced trust regarding the longterm intentions of each side; on the contrary
it has generated actions and attitudes that have contributed to greater
The Turkish HDP's egalitarian gender ideology played a key role in the election of a record number of women to parliament in June's election. Can these gains be sustained in the political turmoil ahead?