As the cities of Afghanistan fall one by one into the hands of the Taliban, the Turkish population continues to make clear that they do not want a new wave of Afghan refugees flooding their country. Many are angry that the refugees are changing their country’s culture, structure, and safety.
Turkey already receives the most asylum seekers in the world. Turkey is home to more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees, who constitute the vast majority of over 4 million refugees and asylum seekers currently living in the country.
Turkey’s deteriorating economic situation is compounding the problems with refugees. Many Turks express their hostility towards refugees in political statements and even on social networks. The hashtag #JeNeVeuxPasdeRéfugiésDansMonPays (#IDontWantRefugeesInMycountry) is regularly at the top of the most shared topics on Twitter.
During the opening game of the Turkish Super League (Süper Lig), fed-up crowds chanted, “We don’t want refugees in the country.” The crowds were reacting to the increasing problems with refugees in recent days. Turkish media censored the match and refused to report on the refugee situation.
Syrian Migrants Attack Turks, Kill 1
Tensions reached a boiling point between “refugees” and Turkish citizens after the latest killing and attacks by “refugees.” On August 11, an 18-year-old Turkish man, Emirhan Yalcin, and 16-year-old Ali Yasin Ülger were attacked and stabbed in Ankara by Syrian nationals. Yalçın, who was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries, lost his life.
Syrian migrants Yahya Abdo and Mohammed Abdo were detained and arrested for murder. The immediate family members of individuals are going to be expelled from Turkey.
Turks Retaliate Against Syrian and Afghan Refugees
Syrians make up more than 3.6 million of the refugees in Turkey. However, many say the number of Syrians is closer to 5 million.
Targeted attacks took place in Ankara in retaliation for the death of the young Turk. Shops and houses belonging to Syrian and Afghans were attacked. Hundreds of Turks gathered and marched to chants of “Allahu akbar.”
After the stabbings, residents marched through the neighborhood of Ankara Altındağ, towards a heavily populated area with Syrian and Afghan migrants.
Following the violence against Syrian and Afghan refugees, 76 people were arrested in Ankara. Some Syrian residents were evacuated from the neighborhood where the attacks occurred, while others remain in their homes, fearing further violence.
Millions of Afghans are expected to flood Turkey and Europe within the foreseeable future to escape the violence and brutality of the Taliban as sharia is reinstated. However, tensions continue to rise as many of the refugees have been shown to be extremely dangerous people with values and ambitions that are in staunch opposition to Western values and even Islamic Turkey’s culture.