Video Commentary: Turkey’s Intractable Refugee Problem



Turkey’s intractable refugee problem:


  • Turkey had at most 1 mn – 1.5 mn immigrants and ex-pats ten years ago in a population of ca 75 mn.


  • Today, she harbors ca 8-10 mn  refugees, immigrants and illegal migrant workers parading as tourists in a population of 84 mn.


  • Such a heavy inflow of “foreigners” to any country causes economic dislocations and social frictions.


  • This video explains Turkey’s particular case with reference to the largest refugee community, namely Syrians.


  • Scarcity of jobs, soaring inflation and pent-up anger on the way to elections could lead to very ugly incidents between citizens and Syrians in the winter.


  • Claims of Erdogan recruiting Syrians with promises of citizenship in return for AKP votes is very troubling.


  • Turkey can’t educate, employ or legally send back Syrians. She now has a permanent “underclass” with  attendant problems of violence, narcotics dealing, sex trafficking and permanent social strife.


  • Is there ANY feasible solution to Turkey’s refugee problem?


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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.