Turkey ranked 150th out of 163 countries in Global Peace Index

Turkey ranked 150th among 163 countries in the Global Peace Index 2020 released by the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Turkey remains the least peaceful country in Europe and is the only European country to be ranked in the index’s bottom 25 countries, according to the report published this week.

“The refugee crisis in Europe continued throughout 2019, leading to increasing tensions with Greece, as Turkey’s authorities refused to stop refugees reaching the EU through its territories,” the report read.

“In addition, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues to suppress domestic political dissent, which led to a deterioration on the political instability and political terror scale indicators.” 

The report also said that Turkey had an 8.3 percent increase in its incarceration rate, from 318 prisoners per 100,000 people to 344.

Turkey’s 2020 ranking is an improvement from the 152nd place recorded last year, but worse than the 149th recorded in the 2018 index. 

The Global Peace Index ranks 163 independent states according to their level of peacefulness.

The report presents analysis on trends in peace, the economic impact of violence, militarisation, terrorism, conflict, civil unrest, ecological threats, and work being done to develop peaceful societies.

In the latest index Turkey is ranked as less peaceful than countries such as Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Ukraine, and Venezuela. 

Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the index - a position it has held since 2008 - followed by New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, and Denmark. 

Afghanistan is the least peaceful country in the world for the second year in a row, followed by Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen.

The Global Peace Index 2020 was published by the Institute for Economics and Peace.