Dec 28 2017

Turks fleeing to Greece surprised by warm welcome

Turkish citizens who have fled to Greece have been surprised by the hospitality they have received, U.S. National Public Radio (NPR) said.

Many, including a man affiliated to the Gülen movement who would only identify himself as Ali, see elements of home in Greece.

"I feel like I'm in a street of Istanbul or Ankara," he said of Thessaloniki. "I'm comfortable here. Thanks to the people."

At least 1,000 Turkish citizens are now seeking refuge in Greece, NPR said.

“Many are in hiding and don't want to risk revealing themselves by seeking help from the Greek authorities," it quoted human rights lawyer Antonis Spathis as saying.

 

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