Having spoken to America’s Voice Radio, Andrew Gardner said that around 1.8 million Syrian refugees, including around 200 thousand living in refugee camps and more than 1.5 million accommodating in temporary residencies under state control.
“In a close feature, we see that these Syrian refugees will not be able to return back. Turkey’s efforts are highly important and will maintain its importance in the future. On the other hand, Turkey should take measures against the potential ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) attacks that could target Syrian immigrants in Turkey. Along with the offenders of the Suruç incident, the actual offenders of attacks should be revealed” urged Gardner.
Gardner underlined Turkey’s efforts to open its borders to refugees in the last 4 years under the ‘open door’ policy, and to assure a legal status to these people.
“These persons should be cared and their adaptation to the society should be assured. Despite the situation in official temporary residences, many Syrian families have to accommodate in overcrowded houses, in conditions where there is no air, no toilets. International community should help to change this. We are lucky, Turkey has helped. However, Turkey should also cooperate with the international community in this regard” added Amnesty International’s researcher for Turkey.