Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Syrians in Turkey face harassment after years of welcoming
The issue of Syrian refugees has returned to the forefront again. In this context, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said, "The file of the Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan has become a public issue, and the subject of controversy in the political and popular circles after they were a welcome place in neighboring countries in the early stages of the Syrian crisis about eight years ago.
An investigation by al-Sharq al-Awsat from Ankara, Beirut and Amman showed that the Syrian refugee file has moved to a new stage in recent days. UN figures indicate that there are about 5 million Syrians in neighboring countries and 7 million internally displaced persons.
"In Turkey, the situation of the Syrian refugees is getting worse more than eight years after the outbreak of war in their country, and initially welcomed by the AKP government, whose leaders, notably President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, describing them as "immigrants" and describing the Turks as "Ansar", began to talk about strict measures against them and to tighten them despite enjoying temporary protection.
According to the newspaper, "was remarkable in statements to Erdogan last week that his government will take new steps towards the Syrians in Turkey, which includes three files are to encourage the return and deportation of perpetrators of crimes and collecting taxes in hospitals, Erdogan's comments came during a meeting of the Central Committee of the" », Which was held to assess the results of the recent local elections and the losses suffered by the party in these elections and lost strongholds in major cities, especially Istanbul."