Many Syrian Refugees in Turkey Want to Stay, Despite Erdogan Plan to Force Their Return

Source:Voice of America Date:02Nov2019

“I don’t see any reason why (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad will want any of those refugees back,” said Soli Ozel, an international relations lecturer at Istanbul’s Kadir Has University. “And he certainly will not take most of them back. I just don’t see it.”

“We (Turkey) are stuck. We might as well admit it and then try to actually take care of those things, unless we put them in trucks and dump them on the other side of the border, which I doubt we’ll be able to do,” Ozel said.

In a report released in October, Amnesty International accused Turkey of forcibly deporting refugees back to Syria.