“Normal reactions to abnormal situations.”- It was only until I heard this characterization by a trauma specialist that I began to understand the mental health concerns of young refugees. This concept becomes even clearer when considering the reports from places like the Greek islands where adolescent asylum seekers have begun to act violently against each other. Attacks are common in an unsafe and deeply precarious camp setting and even some with fatal consequences. When you place their actions in the context of their situation, their behavior, while not excusable, becomes understandable.
Frontex transported 202 migrants on Monday from Greek islands back to Turkey, adhering to the EU-Turkey deal to curb irregular migrant flows into Europe. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to a D.C. research institution caused clashes between his security detail, protesters, journalists and local authorities.
Suicide bomb attack on Turkish city Istanbul has been linked to an ISIS member, according to Turkish authorities; Deal struck between EU and Turkey that began turning refugees and migrants back to Turkey on Sunday, March 20 has been criticized by human rights advocates as “unethical.”
The European Council and Turkey agreed on Friday to a plan to manage the flow of migrants and refugees into the European Union. Under this agreement, migrants and refugees who arrived in Greece by illegal means will be returned to Turkey where they will proceed through the asylum process to relocate to a European country.
The attack on the Turkish capital that killed 28 occurred during a high-level meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Greek MPs of the far-right Golden Dawn party expelled from parliament during a session on the refugee crisis, and other headlines from this week.
(Greek Reporter) Tsipras reshuffles negotiating team after Riga debacle 27 April (EKathimerini): “ Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday reshuffled his team handling talks with European and IMF lenders, after […]
Greece’s 4-month debt plan extension tests anti-austerity leaders’ PM Alexis Tsipras and FM Yanis Varoufakis’ campaign promises; list of reforms due to Europe by the end of business today.
The infamous ‘Grexit’ (Greece’s exit from the euro upon disagreement of loan terms) is upon us. So much so, that the BBC felt the need to compare it to gyro? That and Germany’s general distrust of Greeks in today’s Greece headlines.
European Central Bank gives Greece extension for banks to run for the next two weeks, a president is elected and Varoufakis is looking to close a deal by Friday, in today’s headlines from Greece.
Newly minted Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his bad-cop counterpart Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis have spent the last three weeks stunning Europe and the world. With support and criticism both internationally and at home, this new Greek duo has pursued the promises of SYRIZA’s campaign:anti-austerity.