Politicians have a tendency to make populist promises on the campaign trail. Appealing to the emotions of voters is largely considered an effective way of receiving popular support. A number of issues, ranging from the economy to foreign policy, often become the subjects of campaigns. The June 24 elections in Turkey are no exception, provided that several presidential candidates have been making such promises at campaign events. Obviously, one could have a rational discussion about the impact of promises made to small business owners, civil servants, farmers, students and others on the economy, but two opposition candidates have been treading on thin ice in recent weeks. Presidential candidates Muharrem Ince and Meral Akşener have been talking about the nearly 4 million Syrian refugees in Turkey while on the campaign trail. In televised interviews and public speeches, they pledge to "send them back." It would appear Ince, the main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) … [Read more...] about Targeting Syrian refugees: The most dangerous strain of populism
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Over 11,000 Icelanders have volunteered to offer Syrian refugees a roof over their head, after the government announced it would only be accepting 50 people this year. Icelandic author and Professor Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir created a Facebook page last Sunday urging members of the public to push the government to increase the number of refugees it would take in. Messages on the wall later offered housing, clothes, schooling and food. Hekla Stefansdottir wrote that she was a single mother with a six-year-old child but was prepared to take children in need. She noted that she was a teacher and would teach the kid how to speak, read and write in the local language as well as adjust to the society. She added that she had a bed, clothes, toys and everything else a child would need, and that she would even pay the airfare. In response to Icelanders’ willingness to house the refugees, Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson has put a committee of ministers in place to discuss … [Read more...] about Thousands of Icelanders offer to take in Syrian refugees
In 2015, when hundreds of thousands of Syrians fled on the arduous journey dreaming of reaching a safe and prosperous haven in Europe, many did not realise that this dream would in fact remain illusionary and unfulfilled. After escaping war in their home country, they not only faced the risk of death in the Mediterranean but also came across walls erected against them in Hungary, 'forbidden cities' where refugees are not welcome in Germany while being greeted by 'Burn Them Alive!' slogans by xenophobic groups on the Greek island of Lesbos and similar far-right groups in other countries. On 7 May, a Syrian refugee was stabbed in an allegedly racially-motivated attack in Edinburgh, UK. Although the UN recently launched an action plan on the integration of refugees in the job market, research shows that 80 percent of Syrian refugees in Europe remain unemployed. According to the Economist, whereas it takes six years for the refugees' employment rates to exceed natives in the United … [Read more...] about [Opinion] Integration of Syrian refugees in Europe needs scrutiny
LONDON - Anadolu Agency Turkey continues to provide top care and protection to more than 3 million Syrian refugees in the country, attendees of a U.K. parliamentary event hosted by the Ankara-linked Yunus Emre Institute heard on May 9. The event examined the work of the Turkish state and Turkish and international NGOs in accepting Syrian refugees and integrating them into Turkish society. The session was hosted by Matthew Saltmarsh, a senior external relations officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Abby Dwommoh, a public information officer and spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Ibrahim Vurgun Kavlak, general coordinator at the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM). “When I give presentations like this, I often ask the audience: Which country is the largest host of refugees in the world?” Saltmarsh said at the event. “The answer is varied, but very rarely is it Turkey ... … [Read more...] about Turkey praised for care given to Syrian refugees
UK By Mark Easton & Ben Butcher Home editor 24 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43826163 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsReality Check The UK has accepted more than 10,000 Syrian refugees in the past two and a half years - but analysis by the BBC shows large disparities in the numbers going … [Read more...] about Reality Check: Where have the Syrian refugees gone?