opinion Batoul Alsabagh Opinion contributor Published 2:48 p.m. UTC Jun 21, 2018 My refugee story started in August 2012. My family and I were living in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria. My parents were both in the medical field: My mother was a doctor and my stepfather was a dentist. I was a student, getting my bachelor's degree in telecommunications. When the war started, Damascus became very unsafe. There was constant fighting and air raids in our neighborhood. The night our home was bombed, we knew that our community was too dangerous to live in. My mother, stepfather, two sisters and I packed one suitcase each and fled to Jordan. We left nearly all of our belongings behind. In 2014, my mother was working for the World Health Organization, managing doctors. She began the process of seeking asylum in the United States. Her lawyer told her that she could move there, and that six months later my sisters and I would be able to join her. Related … [Read more...] about Syrian refugees like me don’t want to depend on government. We want to contribute to society.
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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
After the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) liberated the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin from People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists, the Washington Post published a story last month claiming that Turkish officials started urging Syrian refugees living in Turkey to go back to Syria. As "the Turkish public has soured on their presence, citing cultural differences and competition for jobs," the Washington Post said, "Turkish officials want them gone.""That abrupt reversal is unsettling many Syrian refugees, leaving them afraid for the future they dreamed of in Turkey," the report added, arguing that the TSK victories in northern Syria paved the way for the Turkish government to send the Syrians back, even the ones that "are wary of returning to a country wrecked by a war that is not yet even finished."Of course, the story was immediately circulated by the anti-President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Twitter users with unfair comments. Some were ready to claim that Erdoğan has used the … [Read more...] about Erdoğan opponents vow to send Syrian refugees back if elected
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
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?