UNHCR representative in Turkey, Philippe Leclerc, said the international community should provide more support to countries hosting large numbers of refugees, especially Turkey. “Despite the pandemic and global ceasefire calls, conflicts continue to drive people out of their homes,” Leclerc said. Speaking to Hürriyet, Leclerc briefly said: “2020 is the ninth year of the continued increase in forced displacement around the world. Despite the pandemic, the number of people fleeing wars, violence, persecution and human rights violations reached nearly 82.4 million in 2020, according to UNHCR’s latest annual Global Trends report. That’s a four percent increase, on top of the already record 79.5 million at the end of 2019, and double the number a decade ago.
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CALCULATION OF CORONAVIRUS
(Coronavirus) The impact of the epidemic has been greater in countries which host large numbers of people, such as Turkey. But the pandemic has also taught us that we are stronger when we are together. We are happy to see that Turkey has included refugees and migrants in its vaccination program. However, the international community must provide more support to Turkey and other countries hosting large numbers of refugees, as the pandemic increases the needs of states to meet the needs of their citizens and refugees. Countries and communities hosting large numbers of refugees, like Turkey, need additional support and solidarity as they face “one more emergency after emergency”.
In Turkey and in many parts of the world, vulnerable people, including refugees, have suffered a sudden and unexpected loss or reduction in their income and livelihoods. “
In order to better explain the refugee situation to the international community, June 20 was declared “World Refugee Day” in 2001. According to the UNHCR report, Turkey ranks first in the world in the past 7 years with 3 , 7 million irregular migrants.
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CAMPAIGN AGAINST FRONTEX
Frontex, the unit responsible for protecting the European Union’s (EU) external borders, is more than ever at the center of criticism. Accusations of violating the rights of refugees, refoulements and ignorance of life-threatening situations are just some of the criticisms leveled at Frontex, which has been in existence for 16 years. Frontex, which has been frequently and intensely criticized in the European Parliament, the EU’s anti-corruption unit, OLAF, has launched an investigation and the European Court of Auditors has prepared a report declaring it ineffective in the fight against irregular migration is now the target of non-governmental organizations. Supported by many organizations, including Open Arms, Sea Watch and Mediterranea, the network called “Cancel Fronttex” demands the termination of the agency.
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In the letter sent by the network to EU Member States and EU institutions, it is recalled that 740 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, stressing that these lives have been lost due to the obsession of the EU to strengthen its borders instead of protecting people, and the expressions “The EU has blood on its hands”. (Guven OZALP / BRUSSELS)