Are Syrian refugees in Turkey being used as political pawns? | TV Shows

On Thursday, August 4 at 19:30 GMT:
For a lot of Syrian refugees, life in Turkey has changing into more and more troublesome. Amid hovering meals and transportation prices, public resentment towards the group is rising, and experiences of abuse and violence are up.

Displaced Syrians had been as soon as welcomed into Turkey with open arms. However 11 years on, Syria’s civil conflict continues without end. And whereas Turkey is proud to host the world’s largest refugee inhabitants – 4 million folks, largely Syrians – the costly endeavour is now a political flashpoint for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The Turkish lira fell 45 % final 12 months and inflation hit 80 % in June – a 24-year excessive. Residents are more and more blaming refugees for taking their jobs and utilizing up valuable public assets. Forward of the 2023 elections, Erdoğan challengers are capitalising on rising anti-refugee sentiment by pledging to relocate Syrians again to their dwelling nation en masse.

To deflect criticism of the federal government’s financial insurance policies, the ruling occasion has additionally taken up the refugee query. Erdoğan himself has talked about plans to ship at the least 1 million refugees again throughout the border, in “protected zones” that Turkey has spent billions of {dollars} securing.

However many Syrians fear that it’s not protected sufficient to return but. Regardless of rising xenophobia towards them, some say they might reasonably stay in Turkey, the place there’s relative stability and extra alternatives. Others who’re bored with being mistreated say they would favor going to Europe, however are discovering it onerous to get visas.

Chatting with Al Jazeera not too long ago, Mohammed Hawasli, a gross sales supervisor of a cell phone firm residing in Istanbul, mentioned: “All of us would like to return to our nation and construct it up once more. However we left for a motive, as a result of Syria is at conflict with itself and we needed to dwell in dignity.”

On this episode of The Stream we ask, are Syrian refugees in Turkey getting used as political pawns? Be a part of the dialog.

On this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by:
Yusuf Erim, @YusufErim34
Political Analyst, TRT World

Ömer Özkizilcik, @OmerOzkizilcik
International Coverage & Safety Analyst

Sarah Hunaidi, @sarahunaidi
Author & activist

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