Migrant threatens: “We want to go to Europe and there we will cause trouble”
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Thursday that he will “open the gates” to allow more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees enter Europe, unless the European Union and the United States stick to their respective promises to provide assistance. [AP / Suzan Fraser]
- UK and EU bribed Turkey with £6bn to keep illegals in Turkey. Erdogan has trousered the cash into his own offshore bank account. EU has no audit paper trail. Erdogan threatened releasing illegal migrants if Turkey didn’t get EU membership. True to his word. [Twitter / Janice Atkinson]
- Turkey plans to resettle 1 million refugees in northern Syria and may reopen the route for migrants into Europe if it does not receive adequate international support for the plan, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. [Reuters / Nevzat Devranoglu and Tuvan Gumrukcu]
- On a separate deal with the US, Turkey is setting up a Trump-proposed “safe zone” in the northern part of Syria — which it controls — where it’s planning to build housing, provide humanitarian support, and relocate thousands of refugees. Already, 350,000 Syrians have moved there, according to Ankara. [Reuters / Nevzat Devranoglu and Tuvan Gumrukcu]
- Erdogan’s threat to open the floodgates could pose major problems for a Europe still recovering from the latest migrant crisis. Greece has already taken in more than 12,000 asylum seekers who’ve deployed to islands near the Turkish coast in the past two months, and the recently elected center-right government has promised to take a tougher stance on deporting unauthorized immigrants and upholding sea borders. [Guardian / Peter Beaumont and Helena Smith]
They set up barricades, but we’re not staying here. We want to go to Europe and there we will cause trouble.
Threats that play right into the hands the Turkish government.
Another refugee wave is imminent, and will be comparable to that of the autumn of 2014, when hundreds of thousands made their way to Europe via Turkey.
Many thanks to Miss Piggy for her translation.