OPEN DOOR POLICY
Turkey has an open door policy for refugees. Simply Turkey accepts all refugees no matter what their ethnic or religious background and directs them to a few refugee camps located in different cities. Turkey’s open door policy has resulted in it hosting over 2 million refugees and stays as the largest number among other refugee accepting countries.
Over four million people had to flee from Syria and around 8 million have left their homes in order to settle in secure areas in the country. More than half of the refugees outside the country consist of children and youth under the age of eighteen.The influx of Syrian refugees to Turkey began in April 2011.
Turkey announced at that time that it would apply an “opendoor policy” for these refugees.
Turkey continued to accept Syrian refugees, even though the numbers have increased dramatically.Turkey hosts the largest population of Syrian refugees among the countries neighboring Syria. According to the latest official numbers, Turkey hosts over 1.9 million Syrian refugees.
Turkey accepted the 1951 Geneva Convention on the legal status of refugees with geographical limitations, it cannot accept Syrians as legal refugees. With the decision of the Ministry of Interior Affairs in October 2011, Syrians registered in Turkey get “temporary protection status.” Under the temporary protection regime protection and aid is provided to Syrians, covering regulations on indefinite residence, protection against being sent back under coercion, and meeting emergency needs.
In addition, those living in camps are provided education, water, food, shelter and health services. The majority of those living outside the camps are only provided free healthcare and medication if they are registered.
Even number of the refugees only in Turkey is bigger than whole Europe accepted.
With 1.9 millions refugees, Turkey set an example for the world in the manner it establishes and manages camps in such adire situation. Let’s see that how many refugees in some European countries. As Germany faces the largest share of Syrian request for asylum in Europe and in Germany 98.700, in Sweden 64.700 and after that France is taking the 3th place with 6.700 refugees.
International community should share the responsibility to find a permanent solution.
Refugees are on the borders of Europe,but unfortunately some states have discriminating politics.Human Rights are for all human beings,including refugees.What people need arent blankets or tents,they just want to save their lives and build a future. EU should make humanitarian policies than to call people ‘swarms’. Woefully,they are escaping from war,but they stick around borders or get lost in Aegean Sea. We concern that Russian involvement in Syria and Pyd’s destroying cities will bring new waves of refugees.A safe area in Syrian border should be created immediately. United Nations Security Council has to stop the war crimes and human rights violations in Syria.