▲ Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Ceaushoulu
Turkey’s foreign minister, the world’s largest host of Syrian refugees, said 470,000 Syrian refugees had returned to their home country.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavushoulu told the Turkish parliament that “when conditions are ripe, more Syrians will be able to return to their homeland.”
“Turkey can no longer accept refugees because it has no additional capacity,” said Minister Chowsholu.
He added that refugees from other countries besides Syria are also helping them if they want to return home.
“We have sent back Pakistani refugees who want to return home by air, and a significant number of Afghan refugees have also been sent home,” said Minister Chausholu.
Turkey officially hosts more than 4 million refugees, including 3.7 million Syrian refugees.
Turkey’s acceptance of a large number of refugees is due to the refugee agreement signed with the European Union in 2016.
As more than one million refugees flocked to Europe during the European refugee crisis in 2015-2016, the EU signed a refugee agreement with Turkey to block the influx of refugees.
At that time, the EU promised to speed up Turkey’s EU accession negotiations, while providing a total of 6 billion euros to Turkey in exchange for blocking refugees from traveling to Europe and implementing ‘visa-free entry’ for Turks.
As a result, Turkey has hosted about 4 million refugees, but complains that the EU has not kept its promises.
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