In the presence of Interior Minister Suleiman Sweiles, today, Tuesday, Turkey organized a ceremony in northwestern Syria. The goal was to hand over the keys to thousands of homes intended for the return of refugees. The area is controlled by the Turkish army and the Turkish-backed armed Syrian factions.
President Rajab Recep Tayyip Erdogan also spoke to hundreds of assembled Syrians. Via a video message, he promised that in addition to 57,306 completed homes, Turkey would build another 20,000 homes.
“Our comprehensive project also includes the construction of schools, hospitals, agricultural and industrial infrastructure,” Erdogan said.
– 500,000 of our Syrian brothers have returned since 2016, and now a million more will return.
Live in Turkey today more More than three million Syrian refugees. Erdogan’s opponents are constantly asking them to return.
Every time parliamentary and presidential elections approach in Turkey, refugees become a target of the parties. This was stated by Diab al-Hamdo, 31, a Syrian opposition journalist in Turkey. The next elections are in June 2023.
Polarization is more difficult this time. The rules and restrictions imposed on Syrians are getting stricter day by day.
Al-Hamdo himself was denied a work permit on the grounds that the Syrian TV company he works for did not employ enough Turks.
– Syrians are prohibited from living or working in other cities and are constantly at risk of deportation due to “minor violations.”
Despite the stricter measures, the al-Hamdo family does not want to return to Syria. None of his countrymen, Diab al-Hambo, knows that he intends to do so. He explains that at least not before the factories that were moved from northern Syria to Turkey are returned there and the economy is moving.
The area in which the new homes are built is hardly habitable. It is also exposed to bombardment by the Assad regime and Kurdish forces at other times.
But Turkey must secure housing, electricity, Internet, etc.:
– Even if she does. no job. Should we go back to beg for food aid every month? Al-Hamdo asks.
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