The refugee crisis: A mirror into Turkey’s growing instability
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by Iain MacGillivray , February 22, 2016
The Syrian crisis has shaken the foundations of the ‘European’ Project and polarized the European community. However, the continent is dealing with a small number of refugees in comparison to states in the Middle East. Lebanon and Turkey have taken significant amounts of Syrian refugees since the crisis began in 2011. Turkey has adopted an open-door policy to the flow of refugees; however, there are many questioning within Ankara whether Turkey has maybe reached its limit.
Currently, around 2.5 million refugees who have fled the civil war in Syria are living in Turkey. On top of this, there are tens of thousands waiting at the Turkish border for entry to escape the escalation of violence that has occurred between Russian-backed Syrian forces, the Islamic State (IS), opposition ‘moderate’ and jihadist forces. With the potential fall of Aleppo, the refugee crisis is set to worsen.
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