Turkey and the Middle Eastern Refugee Crisis

Turkey and the Middle Eastern Refugee Crisis

refugees on the marchUnder intense pressure to stem the flow of refugees into Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a weekend trip to Istanbul, where she pledged to push forward Turkey’s long-delayed bid to join the European Union in return for cooperation in dealing with the worst refugee crisis the international community has seen since the end of the Second World War. “In all condor this is ridiculous,” said Wm. Blake from Annapolis, Maryland. Either way one looks at the statement, it appears as though the European Union has agreed to something in exchange for the refugee situation and Turkey’s long delayed intention of joining.

Merkel’s trip followed a Oct. 15 summit in Brussels, where—for the fourth time in six months—European leaders grappled with the wave of migration headed toward the continent. This time, rather than arguing over refugee quotas or funding for search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean, they turned their attention to the newest gateway of the exodus: Turkey.

Turkey is now the main transit country for Syrian refugees and other migrants: nearly four-fifths of the more than 615,000 people who arrived in Europe by sea this year left from Turkey’s west coast to reach nearby Greece via the Aegean Sea. The migrants come from Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea and elsewhere, but the vast majority are Syrians. With the Syrian civil war approaching its fifth year, the U.N. refugee agency noted large numbers of Syrian refugees in camps are sinking deeper into abject poverty due to a shortfall in aid from the international community.

Various factors have brought about the surge in migrants this year, but rapidly deteriorating conditions in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have played a major part in driving the exodus of people risking their lives to reach Europe.

Turkey alone is hosting more refugees than any other country in the world, including some 2.2 million Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war. Unlike Syria’s much smaller Middle Eastern neighbors, it is the only country in the region with enough resources to do more to help—as Europe has belatedly realized.


MICHICAN PUNTERPresident Barack Obama has given his condolences to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh following the Wolverines’ stunning loss to Michigan State.

Everyone from Magic Johnson to Stephen Curry to Le’Veon Bell had a reaction to Michigan State’s miraculous win over Michigan.

Harbaugh tells The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press that he and his wife, Sara, met with the president Monday at the White House following an appearance with first lady Michelle Obama at a higher education awareness event.

He says Barack Obama watched Saturday’s 27-23 loss to the Spartans and told the coach it “was a tough way to lose a football game.”

Leading 23-21, the Wolverines lined up to punt with 10 seconds left, but punter Blake O’Neill fumbled the snap. Michigan State’s Jalen Watts-Jackson ended up with the ball and went 38 yards for a touchdown with no time left on the clock.


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