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Are Syrian refugees in Turkey getting used as political pawns?

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

Displaced Syrians have been as soon as welcomed into Turkey with open arms. But 11 years on, Syria’s civil warfare continues with no sign of ending. And whereas Turkey is proud to host the world’s largest refugee inhabitants – four million folks, largely Syrians – the costly endeavour is now a political flashpoint for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The Turkish lira fell 45 p.c final yr and inflation hit 80 p.c in June – a 24-year excessive. Citizens are more and more blaming refugees for taking their jobs and utilizing up treasured public assets. Ahead of the 2023 elections, Erdoğan challengers are capitalising on rising anti-refugee sentiment by pledging to relocate Syrians again to their home nation en masse.

To deflect criticism of the federal government’s financial insurance policies, the ruling celebration 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 “safe zones” that Turkey has spent billions of {dollars} securing.

But many Syrians fear that it’s not secure sufficient to return but. Despite rising xenophobia towards them, some say they might slightly stay in Turkey, the place there may be relative stability and extra alternatives. Others who’re uninterested in being mistreated say they would like going to Europe, however are discovering it onerous to get visas.

Speaking to Al Jazeera lately, Mohammed Hawasli, a gross sales supervisor of a cell phone firm living in Istanbul, mentioned: “We all would love to return to our country and build it up again. But we left for a reason, because Syria is at war with itself and we wanted to live in dignity.”

In this episode of The Stream we ask, are Syrian refugees in Turkey getting used as political pawns? Join the dialog.

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

Ömer Özkizilcik, @OmerOzkizilcik
Foreign Policy & Security Analyst

Sarah Hunaidi, @sarahunaidi
Writer & activist

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