Turkey may require naturalised Syrians to do military service

The head of Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, Mehmet Güllüoğlu, told Milliyet newspaper that parliament would decide whether Syrians who took Turkish citizenship should be obliged to do compulsory military service.

“According to the Migration Administration numbers, the number of those taking Turkish citizenship has not exceeded 50,000,” he said.

”But there are other difficulties. Will they do military service? The Migration Administration is working on it now and parliament will make its decision.”

One problem for Syrians who took Turkish citizenship, Güllüoğlu said, was that they lost the stipend provided to Syrian refugees.

“Those who are university graduates, involved in commercial activities, and those who were expected to make a bigger contribution” had been selected for the citizenship scheme, he said.

However, he also said that Germany was making his life harder.

“Angela Merkel stated that she would take 400,000 migrants,” he said. “There have been Afghans, Syrians and Iraqis who have come to Turkey solely for this reason.”



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