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I did some reading and it looks like the EU is funding border protection in Turkey and indirectly of course for itself.
47 MRAPs for Trakya region, were acquired with 75% EU funding.


And the EU-Turkey refugee deal includes not only money for the refugees but also funding for the Turkish-Iranian border wall.
A 40km stretch was so far co-funded with 110m € from the EU.



They are of course a bit hush about it, but leaks confirm that there are even plans to fund longer stretches of the borderwall.


The next 3bln € will include:
“funding for migration management and border control, notably at Turkey’s eastern border”, according to its text



Also (ignore the political mumbo jumbo):


As a European Union member, the German government is also implicated in the arming of the Turkish border against refugees. The EU states have provided the government in Ankara with security and surveillance technology valued at more than 80 million euros in exchange for the protection of its borders, according to research conducted by DER SPIEGEL and the European Investigative Collaborations network (EIC).

This included the transfer of 35.6 million euros by Brussels to the Turkish company Otokar as part of its IPA regional development program for the construction of armored Cobra II military vehicles, which are now being used to patrol the border to Syria.

Arms manufacturer Aselsan, of which the Turkish state owns a majority stake, was also commissioned by the EU to provide Ankara with 30 million euros worth of armored and non-armored surveillance vehicles for patrolling the Turkish-Greek land border.




An investigation into EU contracts by Politiken and Danwatch (Denmark) in partnership with the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) reveals that EU has supplied Turkey with 83 million Euro in armoured military vehicles and surveillance equipment for what witnesses say is aggressive patrolling of the borders.




More from the European Union directly:



In Turkey, there are currently nearly 20 authorities and/or institutions responsible for several border management issues (mainly DG for Migration Management, Police, and Customs Enforcement for border crossing points, Land Forces Command for land borders, Coast Guard for sea borders), which makes cooperation and coordination a challenge.

Turkey is committed to an extensive reform process in this area since 2002 and is substantially supported by the EU in this endeavour. The IBM strategy and subsequent action plan adopted in 2003 and 2006, respectively, target establishing a single, non-military border security authority according to EU Schengen Borders Code and recommendations as stipulated in the Schengen Catalogue of Recommendations.

Border management is an important element also within the scope of EU-Turkey cooperation on migration. The EU has been supporting Turkey in efforts to strengthen its capacity for managing migratory flows and establishing an effective and efficient border management system.

In terms of financial assistance, border management is a highly costly area, with investments needed in good infrastructure with sophisticated high-technology equipment. The EU has been supporting capacity building of the current institutions and, in parallel, has been providing assistance for the establishment of the future structure. Turkish authorities are implementing several large projects – both in size and budget – with EU co-funding to upgrade the border management infrastructure.

EU projects support humanitarian and modern border management tools and capacity building of the border staff. For example, the EU helps Turkey demine its Eastern borders and strengthen the mobile and fixed surveillance capacity at all land borders with trainings and supply of equipment of the latest technology. Additionally, the EU funds the equipment of the Turkish Coast Guard for stronger maritime surveillance and supports border management cooperation among Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria. The EU has also supported capacity-building of the Police and Customs to combat illegal border crossings. Inter-agency cooperation is another priority area with a view to set up structured coordination and cooperation mechanisms among all border authorities. The EU cooperates with Turkey, moreover, on developing the new generation of electronic passports.

EU projects complement significant national projects, such as the modernization of most border crossing points through public-private partnerships in cooperation mainly with the Turkish Chambers of Commerce, the reconstruction of border stations and patrol roads with illumination and fencing at the land borders, the building of new observation towers and command centers, or the establishment of a country-wide radar network system for the Coast Guards to improve surveillance of maritime borders.




This is all going to help the EU too of course, but they are not only shutting the gates in Bulgaria and Greeece, but at least supporting Turkish efforts too. Just some food for thought.
 
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I did some reading and it looks like the EU is funding border protection in Turkey and indirectly of course for itself.
47 MRAPs for Trakya region, were acquired with 75% EU funding.


And the EU-Turkey refugee deal includes not only money for the refugees but also funding for the Turkish-Iranian borderwall.
A 40km stretch was so far co-funded with 110m € from the EU.



Just some food for thought.
I knew about the MRAPS, and when EU funded the clearing of landmines in Eastern Turkey bordering Iran. I did have a hunch saying they're probably funding other stuff as well.

I'd prefer EU funded the camps we're building in N.Syria for the refugees in the secure zone.
 

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I knew about the MRAPS, and when EU funded the clearing of landmines in Eastern Turkey bordering Iran. I did have a hunch saying they're probably funding other stuff as well.

I'd prefer EU funded the camps we're building in N.Syria for the refugees in the secure zone.

The reason why I posted this is that it shows that not everything is always black and white as some like to portray it. We could get more support and more funding, probably if we pushed the right buttons. After all nothing scares the average European more than the thought of brown-Muslims coming to their countries.
 

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Adequate measures should be taken on the Turkey-Iran border area. Demining is a thing but we know that even with mines there are serious problems regarding border security exactly in that area. Smuggling and terror activities should be watched closely and the Iranian authorities should be warned to tighten the measures on their side of the border.
 

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Istanbul is full of refugees and all of them speaking their languages, not Turkish. This is a time bomb for turkey.
 

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Big lie. AKP government gave citizenship to 1 million Syrians. This is the real story and this is how the government claims one million Syrians returned to their country.
 

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This is an unarmed invasion against the turks Turkmens are leaving hatay because they can't stand those arabs
 
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