Jun 30 2018

CHP deputy head criticises Turkish refugee policy

The deputy head of Turkey’s opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Öztürk Yılmaz, has criticised the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) over its refugee policy, left-wing news site Sendika.org said.

The European Union was paying Turkey, Morocco and African countries to “turn them into refugee dumps”, Yılmaz said.

“They see these countries as second class… Their aim is for their own comfort to continue. The EU approach is ‘let there be few refugees, if there are any let them be high-quality, and to hell with other refugees, who can go wherever they will, but not too close to Europe’.”

The AKP was acting as though Turkey having 4 million refugees was an achievement, Yılmaz said.

It would not be too long before Syrians would form their own political parties and gain representation in the Turkish parliament rather than rely on the AKP’s continued good will, he predicted.

However, so far only a tiny proportion of Syrian refugees, most of them highly educated, have been granted citizenship in Turkey, despite many having been in the country since the beginning of the civil war in 2011 and 2012.