Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu voiced concerns over Syrian refugees in Turkey yesterday in a radio broadcast, and said that he intends to send Syrian refuges back to their country. Kılıçdaroğlu said that Turkey has spent too much money on refugees but the war has come to an end, therefore Syrians should return to their country immediately. "We opened our arms to the Syrians who escaped from the civil war in Syria. There is no long-lasting conflict environment in Syria, the war is almost over. Now our brothers and sisters need to return to their own country. Some $30 billion has been spent on them," he said. Kılıçdaroğlu emphasized that almost every province is hosting Syrian refugees. He added that the CHP is planning on establishing a Middle East Peace and Cooperation Organization (OBİT), jointly with three other states: Iran, Syria and Iraq, to solve the regional problems, if … [Read more...] about CHP’s campaign promise: Syrian refugees will be sent back
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The report, headlined “The refugee parliamentary candidate with 30,000 signatures,” could only find itself a tiny spot in Turkey’s hecticnews environment when it was published in daily newspaper Karar on May 2. Some 50,000 Syrians are reportedly cooperating to come up with a parliamentary nominee, organizing a petition in the Yayladağı and Antakya districts of the southern province of Hatay as well as in the nearby province of Osmaniye. The group has collected 5,000 signatures to nominate Hafez' href='/search/Samir Hafez'>Samir Hafez, former head of the Syrian Turkmen Council, for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The group aims to collect 30,000 signatures and has informed the Turkish Presidency of its aim. “It is not important whether it is me or someone else [who is nominated]. What is important is that these people, like all other minorities, need a quota [in parliament to be represented]. Perhaps 120,000 to 130,000 people … [Read more...] about A Syrian refugee MP in Turkey?
Several Norwegian businesses are doing their part for the 11 million Syrian refugees by donating a day’s sales revenue to aid organizations, as well as pledging to hire those seeking employment, and assisting the displaced in need of shelter. Stormberg, Norway’s popular outerwear and sportswear brand, is one of the many Norwegian companies participating in this initiative. Not all customers are happy about the generous plan and are taking to Facebook to air their thoughts on the matter.After receiving boycott threats, CEO of Stormberg Steinar Olsen, has expressed his displeasure with the negative feedback. Meanwhile, a Facebook group was formed to call for a boycott of the restaurants providing free food to the refugees. Boycott threats have also been received by several other Norwegian companies for their various refugee crisis initiatives. Hotel chain owner, Petter Stordalen offered to help the refugees with … [Read more...] about Norwegian companies offer support to Syrian refugees
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on April 11 launched a new two-year plan aiming to further improve lives of Syrian refugees in Turkey. The plan - titled the Syria Refugee Resilience Plan - aims to improve food security, strengthen livelihoods and enhance the resilience of Syrian refugees and host communities. Viorel Gutu, the FAO’s representative in Turkey, said they have been researching ways to help the Turkish government and Syrian refugees in terms of creating job opportunities. Gutu said their main target is ensuring a minimum level of quality of life for families, who are their main target. He added that the plan aims to provide adequate nutrition, education and healthcare to children. Gutu said many Turkish citizens are donating in the program, and praised the efforts of the Turkish government and people for continuing to host over 3 million Syrians. The FAO’s short and medium-term strategy to address the … [Read more...] about UN body launches new plan for Syrian refugees in Turkey
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will launch on April 10 a new two-year plan for Syrian refugees in Turkey, according to a top FAO official. The Syria Refugee Resilience Plan aims to improve food security, strengthen livelihoods and enhance the resilience of Syrian refugees and host communities, the organization’s director of Emergency and Rehabilitation Division, Dominique Burgeon, told state-run Anadolu Agency before his visit to Turkey. “Our focus for the next two years is on two main areas: Food security and agriculture and livelihoods,” Burgeon said. He said the program involves vocational programs which enable Syrian refugees to grow their own food and acquire skills to be able to work in the agricultural sector in Turkey. “Around 23 percent of the children who are refugees in Turkey are malnourished. The price of nutritious foods like fruit and vegetables fluctuates, and can sometimes be unaffordable. That is … [Read more...] about UN project aiming to improve food security, strengthen livelihood for Syrian refugees in Turkey