A Flood of Refugees Tests Turkey’s Tolerance

Source:Bloomberg Date:13Dec2018

An economic decline that makes what few jobs there are harder to come by and erodes the spending power of those who are in work is fanning anger at government policy under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Local administrators are facing an increasing number of complaints over services due to the high number of refugees,” said Murat Erdogan, director of the Migration and Integration Research Center at the Turkish-German University in Istanbul, who is no relation of the president. He cited a familiar litany of grievances, from longer waits at hospitals and anger at free medical treatment for refugees to overcrowded classrooms.