Turks say ‘no’ to more refugees

Only one out of ten Turkish people says the country’s borders should be opened for more refugees, Diken news website reported on Tuesday, citing a recent survey by Konsensus, a local polling firm.

The rate of those who say the doors should remain open stood at only nine percent, according to Konsensus’s public survey for July, it said.

Turkey is currently home to some 3.7 million Syrians. Ankara has worked to cut migration flows into Europe as per a 2016 deal with the European Union, in return for several billion euros in aid for the settlement and integration of refugees and migrants in Turkey.

The Taliban seized control in all of Afghanistan over the weekend, following the end of a 20-year period of U.S. military presence in the country. The ensuing chaos has raised concerns for a new wave of refugees heading towards the west.

Last week, the U.S. State Department announced a refugee action plan for Afghan nationals who could be targeted by the Taliban because of their affiliations with Washington, and their family members. It identified Turkey as a possible relocation destination for the dissidents. Ankara has so far rejected any such plan, saying it would cause another mass arrival of migrants.

In the survey, participants were asked by phone whether they agreed with the statement, “No more refugees should be admitted to Turkey,” Diken said.

Out of 1,500 participants, 67 percent said the borders should remain closed. Those who partially agreed to the preposition stood at 23.2 percent.

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