NEWS + ANALYSIS
ARDA AKÇIÇEK

NEWS + ANALYSIS

TURKEY INTEGRATES SYRIAN REFUGEES BY TREATING THEM LIKE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTORS

April 4, 2016 | by Arda Akçiçek

The ongoing civil war in Syria has displaced millions of people, many within Syria itself, but the majority of refugees are trying to find new homes and political asylum outside their war-torn homeland. Macedonia has closed its border with Greece, preventing passage through the Balkan trail to Western Europe, so thousands of Syrian refugees are accumulating in Greece each week. European nations have had an influx of more than a million refugees, and they struggle with Islamophobia, xenophobia, cultural chaos, and increased expenditures from their expansive welfare states. Refugees are a crisis almost everywhere, but it’s a different story in Turkey, which has welcomed more of them than any other country. By treating refugees as economic contributors rather than as a deadweight burden, Turkey has largely avoided the turmoil experienced elsewhere.

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