The EU-Turkey statement of 18th of March 2016 was presented as a “humanitarian solution” to the so-called “refugee crisis”. In practice, it quickly became the inhumane face of the European Union’s border regime. Together with further readmission agreements between Greece/the EU and Turkey, it is used as the basis for deporting people from the Greek Islands to Turkey, where most are eventually detained and deported to their countries of origin.
This blog, run by an independent monitoring group of activists and scholars, documents deportations from Greece to Turkey. Since the EU-Turkey Deal, the necessity to monitor deportations has increased dramatically. Deportation practices are surrounded by secrecy where in many cases neither people who face deportation, nor their relatives or lawyers are informed in advance.While the blog does not represent an all-encompassing documentation of all deportations from Greece to Turkey, it offers a data breakdown and analysis of deportations; and brings to the fore discrepancies between official information and the actual practices.
In the section Weekly Updates, short tabular overviews on the weekly deportations are presented; arriving from our own observation, supplemented with official data provided by state institutions. The Reports section describes individual cases of people facing deportations and predominately focuses on unlawful practices. It also refers to the post-deportation situation. In addition to following up individual cases, the section EU-Turkey Deportation Regime offers in-depth analysis and explores the different elements that constitute the EU-Turkey deportation regime. This includes information about policies, rules and legislation, as well as institutions such as the Frontex, EASO, IOM and private companies that facilitate deportations. In addition to the analytical parts, the section Refugee Support offers different information material giving advise for people who are endangered to be deported. The part Graphics/Media presents further information material such as leaflets and films.