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Old 9th June 2016, 12:12   #1 (permalink)
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Abuse of child refugees in Turkey

There have been so many reports of abuse and mistreatment of child refugees in Turkey recently, that it's time the government takes a serious stand.

Refugee children have been the target of violence by shop and restaurant owners throughout Turkey (most recently in Kemeralti in Izmir) but they're also being forced into cheap labour and have become the silent victims of paedophiles in the southeast, by refugee camp employees. One employee, recently convicted of sexual abuse, has claimed that there's a paedophile ring operating in the camp, and that the abuse goes far deeper.

I think it's time that the EU realises that Turkey does not actively protect children from exploitation and abuse (how can they when they have enough home grown problems in child labour and abuse) and think about the best way to work together to save these children.

Police officer slaps Syrian refugee children, kicks them out of free food line in Turkey?s east - RIGHTS

Hidden child labour: how Syrian refugees in Turkey are supplying Europe with fast fashion | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian


Turkish man sentenced to 108 years in jail for sexually abusing refugee boys - CRIME

Another Syrian kid beaten in Turkey - BLIND SPOT


Nearly 500,000 Syrian kids out of school in Turkey | Al Jazeera America



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Re: Abuse of child refugees in Turkey

They are only using the refugee situation as a cash cow to milk the EU,vote out.
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Old 9th June 2016, 14:33   #3 (permalink)
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I agree Turkey can no longer be classed as safe, or give the care needed ,the numbers of migrants are to vast for one country to cope.

Its time the rest of the world inc Arab states met its obligations they signed up to in the refugee treaty of 1951 instead of buying off the problem money ,and outsourcing

Turkey has 2 mil ,748,367 (registered, 3 March 2016) this is just the legal people. So you would think people would see the logic if a 1mil is to much to cope for of 28 nations or other nations Then how can Turkey cope ,or for that matter Jordan or the Lebenon which is having the same problems .

Well for Turkey as Charlotte said , it can't meet the care or safety of these people ,and is now uncontrollable with abuse and exploitation within the mounting numbers. I condemn this abuse and exploitation but can understand the enviourment it breeds on .

But still the EU don't seem to care and want to send peope back into and unsafe enviroment as pointed out ,even rushing through a bill , to class Turkey as a safe third country to give a veener of legality of sending more back , and knowing the President of the country allows this exploitation , and is no defender of freedoms


Example of only one Town but represenative of many , as reported on in the British press below
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Turkish town at centre of Syrian refugee crisis says: 'We're full' ( a m


The town at the epicentre of the Syrian refugee crisis has unwelcome news for European politicians relying on it to stem the human flow to the Mediterranean: it is saying it is full.

Kilis, a once sleepy town on the Turkey-Syria border north of Aleppo, is the first arrival point for hundreds of thousands of people who have fled four years of war.

Until now, it has welcomed them with open arms - winning admiration across the country and even a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

But for the first time it is seeing demonstrations against the overwhelming numbers of Syrians who live there - they now far outnumber the town’s original 90,000 Turkish inhabitants.

Locals are angry that the war is starting to envelop them - another four rockets came over the border and hit the town yesterday, killing one person and bringing the number of civilian deaths this year to seven.

“I have no problem with the Syrians and no hard feelings,” said Aref Bushnakoglu, a shop-keeper. “They are refugees and they are not the cause of the problem, and if you want to allow them in you have to respect them.[/

“But enough is enough - we can’t take any more.”

His warning was put more formally by the provincial governor, Suleyman Tapsız, in an interview with The Telegraph.

He said that when an extension to the main Oncupinar refugee camp on the border was fully occupied, he would accept no more Syrians into the province.

A new series of double-decker container units in that camp will house another 10,000 people. There are 10,000 spaces in the temporary camp inside the border’s no-man’s land, and a further 5,000 places in a camp on the border between Kilis province and Gaziantep to the north.

“So after these 25,000, according to the plans we will send any other refugees to other camps in other cities,” he said.

That number - 25,000 - sounds a lot, but there are already 130,000 Syrians in the town, mostly living in private houses or camped out, many more than the local population.

On just one day last week, after Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) staged a counter-attack against advancing Free Syrian Army fighters and destroyed at least one refugee camp in the process, between 20-30,000 refugees fled towards the border. There are already 100,000 camped out near Azaz, the town on the Syrian side.

The issue is important because the closeness of the border and the fact that refugees can remain their own communities, working and setting up businesses, means those established in Kilis do not want to move on.

There are also schools, clinics and other facilities, provided both by the government and aid agencies.

A straw poll at a handiwork class run by a small German-Syrian run agency for refugee women found none wanted to travel to Europe.

“I don’t even want to go to Istanbul,” said Amanour Abdullah, 45. “I don’t want to go any further from Syria, from my home.”


Ironically, it is those in the more “European” cities in Turkey’s richer west which are less welcoming. To protect the tourist industry, refugees are not allowed to stay in the resort towns on the Mediterranean coast, fuelling the exodus to Europe.

However, Hasan Kara, the town’s mayor, said the stress on Kilis was extreme.

Before the crisis, street cleaners collected 30 tons of rubbish a day; now it is 160. Water consumption has tripled, the amount of green space per person has shrunk from five square metres to just over one.

Even the death rate - from natural causes, not including those killed by war - has more than doubled, from “7-800 funerals a year, to 1,500 to 1,600”. “Even our cemeteries are full,” he said.

The mood changed last week when shelling from Isil positions over the border intensified. That may have been in retaliation for the FSA advances - they are backed by Turkey, which wants the border to be controlled by allied rebels rather than by either Isil, the regime or Kurdish militias.

The anti-Syrian demonstrations were small, but refugees say they face increased hostility.

“Lately things have become more difficult, because of the bombing,” said Maha Hajji Mohammed, 25. One shell landed next to the house where she is staying.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Donald Tusk, the EU council president, are due to visit Turkey this weekend and may attend opening ceremonies for the camp extension as well as a hospital and clinic for special needs children.

Running costs are supposed to be subsidised by the funding the EU is releasing as part of their deal with Turkey to “exchange” refugees.

The EU said recently the deal had worked to cut the number of arrivals each day to fewer than 100 per day so far this month compared with the 50,000 who made the journey in February.

Representatives of the Syrian regime and non-Isil rebels are meeting in Geneva, but the opposition is on the verge of walking out, citing continued regime attacks and the failure to deliver aid to besieged areas.

With no end to the war in sight, Mahmoud Dahi, who runs the project on which Amanour Abdullah and the other women are taking part, said if they received support refugees preferred to stay where they were.

“If you have the basic things to live on, you have no need to go to Europe,” he said.


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Re: Abuse of child refugees in Turkey

I think the refugees that travel to the coastal areas are the ones generally looking to get to Europe, and to be honest Izmirs humanitarian response has been huge, we've hosted hundreds of thousands of refugees during the past couple of years. Google Izmir Syrian refugee organisation, to see how many there are (plus facebook groups collections and distributions weekly to the Basmane area) of course there will always be a few Turks who think the refugees are bad for business (the ones who haven't exploited them for cheap labour that is).

http://www.thenational.ae/world/euro...-turkeys-izmir

The ones who want to work tend to head to the central Anatolian regions or Istanbul. The sad fact is they are neglected by everyone, including the EU. Amnesty is right, Turkey is not a safe third country and Europe, especially Merkel, has made huge mistakes during the handling of the crisis. As you say the Arab nations need to do more.

However I think right now the focus needs to be on the children, they are the most vulnerable here.

Someone should petition the EU to do more to help the kids.

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CHP?s refugee report reveals widespread child abuse, child labor in Turkey - POLITICS


It's sickening to think this is the best the world can do...


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Re: Abuse of child refugees in Turkey

As though these kids have not been through enough.Every country on the planet professes that Children are our most precious possession. Well its bloody well time we started proving it.
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Yesterday was World Refugee day would you believe, and still this exploitation goes on, not so much highlighted as world events take priority over this abuse.

My heart is broken everytime I hear of the exploitation of these vulnerable kids both in Turkey and worldwide not only are they exploited but thier parents are demonised too for sending them sometimes alone ,or if they accompany them its a no win situation for them . When all they want like most, is to have a better life for thier kids and away from the dire conditions of death and destruction in Syria that they are escaping from .

These exploiters are like vultures waiting along the migrant trail and picking off the poor and the vulnerable .

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10,000 refugee children are missing, says Europol

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The EU’s criminal intelligence agency warns pan-European gangs are targeting minors for sex abuse and slavery

At least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees have disappeared after arriving in Europe, according to the EU’s criminal intelligence agency. Many are feared to have fallen into the hands of organised trafficking syndicates.

In the first attempt by law enforcement agencies to quantify one of the most worrying aspects of the migrant crisis, Europol’s chief of staff told the Observer that thousands of vulnerable minors had vanished after registering with state authorities.

Brian Donald said 5,000 children had disappeared in Italy alone, while another 1,000 were unaccounted for in Sweden. He warned that a sophisticated pan-European “criminal infrastructure” was now targeting refugees. “It’s not unreasonable to say that we’re looking at 10,000-plus children. Not all of them will be criminally exploited; some might have been passed on to family members. We just don’t know where they are, what they’re doing or whom they are with.”

The plight of unaccompanied child refugees has emerged as one of the most pressing issues in the migrant crisis. Last week it was announced that Britain would accept more unaccompanied minors from Syria and other conflict zones. According to Save the Children, an estimated 26,000 unaccompanied children entered Europe last year. Europol, which has a 900-strong force of intelligence analysts and police liaison officers, believes 27% of the million arrivals in Europe last year were minors.

“Whether they are registered or not, we’re talking about 270,000 children. Not all of those are unaccompanied, but we also have evidence that a large proportion might be,” said Donald, indicating that the 10,000 figure is likely to be a conservative estimate of the actual number of unaccompanied minors who have disappeared since entering Europe.

In October, officials in Trelleborg, southern Sweden, revealed that some 1,000 unaccompanied refugee children who had arrived in the port town over the previous month had gone missing. On Tuesday a separate report, again from Sweden, warned that many unaccompanied refugees vanished and that there was “very little information about what happens after the disappearance”.

An entire criminal infrastructure has developed over the past 18 months around exploiting the migrant flow
Brian Donald, Europol chief of staff

In the UK the number of children who disappear soon after arriving as asylum seekers has doubled over the past year, raising fears that they are also being targeted by criminal gangs.
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A help would be to boycott these type of stores below or write to complain, as without the demand they wouldn't be a use of so much child labour in the clothing industry . These companies with branches in many countries should control the factories if they can for stock control of the workmanship they can for this abuse . These rich Swedish & British multinationals are only the tip of the iceberg and if their consumers knew the shaming of the use of child labour things would soon change .

That's not to let the Turkish GOVT off the hook Erdogan the pious should be doing more control .

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Syrian refugee children found working in Next and H&M factories

Next and H&M say refugees in Turkey were working in their supply-chain factories

Syrian refugee children found working in Next and H&M factories
Next and H&M say refugees in Turkey were working in their supply-chain factories

A young activist shows her stomach with the words 'Fashion Kills' during a demonstration

Two of Britain’s high street giants have found Syrian refugee children working in their clothing factories in Turkey, leading to calls for other retailers to investigate their own supply chains.

H&M and Next were the only retailers that admitted to identifying child labour in supplier factories in Turkey, but there are fears that the phenomenon could be far more widespread after several other companies failed to answer questions on the use of Syrian workers in their factories.


Along with China, Cambodia and Bangladesh, Turkey is one of the largest producers of clothing sold on the British high street, supplying labels that include Topshop, Burberry, Marks & Spencer and Asos.

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Syrian refugee children found working in Next and H&M factories | Middle East | News | The Independent

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My daughter is a buyer for a supermarket chain, its not only the clothing industry using child labour, children are also working in the fields & packaging ect. They rely heavily on local info as to what's going on, when visiting places like of China they have to give notice, obviously they are only shown select places.
Its the local authorities that should be highlighting what's going on but of course a few quid to officials & its turn a blind eye. My daughter told me if they get an inkling but cant get access, they just cancel the order.............they don't want the bad publicity.
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