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Turkey: Negotiating the “Harmonization”

Article by Mathias Fiedler, Photos by Charlotte Schmitz

The EU is more than ever before eager to collaborate with Turkey and both “partners“ agreed on a “joint action plan” [1]. Turkey, being the most important transit country to Europe, is one of the “focal points of the EU’s externalization strategy” and the EU promised three Billion EUR for the reception of refugees. But while the EU-countries still are in disagreement on how to raise that sum, Erdoğan already stated that this amount of money won’t be enough anyway. However, the closer EU-Turkey collaboration has already had negative effects for refugees in Turkey: Refugee rights organizations stated that “more detention“ and “less reception” was one of the first consequences of the agreement [2].

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