5/19/2023–|Last update: 5/19/202301:05 AM (Mecca time)
Ali Shahiroglu, deputy head of the Zafar Party and the party’s official spokesman, said that the opposition’s demands for the return of Syrian refugees to their country are right. He justified this by “the end of the war” there.
He added, in an interview with Al-Masa’iya on Al-Jazeera Mubasher, on Thursday: “Syrians live under the provision of temporary protection in Turkey,” noting that when any country is exposed to war, the movement of its population is possible, but they have to return when the war ends, “and this is what they have to do and the right situation for them.” .
Şehiroğlu refused to place the Syrians under the item of asylum, saying, “They are not refugees,” and their legal status does not allow them to seek asylum, in addition to the presence of those who live illegally, according to his words.
The Turkish dissident accused some Syrians of creating problems on his country’s borders.
It is noteworthy that Turkey hosts about 5 million refugees and immigrants, according to statistics reported by the French News Agency.
Shahiroglu said, “In Syria, there is an internal war, and they live in problems in their country, and the question is, did the war start there to send them to Turkey? Or did they come here to set fire to Syria?”
He talked about what he called the impact of refugees on Turkey’s demography, and said that “those who came illegally will put Turkey in front of a big problem in terms of economy and society, and it will also transform the demography in Turkey.”
He added, “We, as the Zafar Party, focus on this issue, as well as the Turkish people as well. Presidential candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu said he would deport them when he wins.”
He said that more than 40 billion dollars were spent on immigrants and the eastern regions in which immigrants live.
On Thursday, Turkish opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu pledged to repatriate millions of migrants, seeking to win the support of hard-line nationalists who helped push last weekend’s presidential elections into a second round.
On Thursday, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that Turkey has so far returned more than half a million Syrians.
He added, “We will not turn Turkey into a warehouse for refugees, and we have not done that yet, but the Syrians are our brothers.”
“We can’t send them to their death, and we haven’t. Tayyip Erdogan does not want to be remembered as the leader who sent the Syrians to death.”