ANKARA: Turkey doesn’t have the capability to take care of a potential new refugee wave from Afghanistan, the Turkish president informed German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in a phone name on Tuesday.
Throughout the name, Recep Tayyip Erdogan additionally stated Germany and different European Union nations ought to present help to Afghanistan’s neighbors to assist them as “they bear the burden of the Afghan migration,” based on a press release from the Turkish chief’s workplace.
Turkey, which already hosts the world’s largest refugee inhabitants, together with 3.7 million Syrians, is anxious a few potential inflow of refugees fleeing the Taliban.
Anti-migrant sentiment has been working excessive in Turkey because it grapples with financial woes, together with excessive unemployment, which have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
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“President Erdogan underlined that Turkey doesn’t have the capability to deal with a brand new migration burden,” stated a press release from the presidential communications workplace.
Erdogan added that “nobody desires to relive an expertise just like the Syrian refugee wave of 2015,” when lots of of hundreds of individuals reached Greek islands by boats from the close by Turkish coast, on their solution to search asylum in additional affluent EU international locations.
In 2016, Turkey and the EU signed a deal for Ankara to stem the movement of migrants heading towards Europe, in return for visa-free journey for Turkish residents and substantial EU monetary assist.
Erdogan informed the German president that the EU ought to quickly take steps to make sure that the deal is applied by re-starting Turkey’s stalled membership talks, updating the customs union with Ankara and granting visa-free journey to Turkish residents, based on the assertion.
There was no assertion on the decision from the workplace of the German president, whose duties are largely ceremonial.