First aid medics help a sick refugee who arrived in Turkey along a route to the west in Erzurum, Turkey | Photo: EPA/ERDEM SAHIN
First aid medics help a sick refugee who arrived in Turkey along a route to the west in Erzurum, Turkey | Photo: EPA/ERDEM SAHIN

After an increase in protests and intolerance from the local population, the Turkish authorities have begun to crack down on migrants and refugees in the country.

The Turkish authorities have launched a crackdown on migrants and refugees. Over the past two weeks, at least 6,122 people have been arrested in Istanbul due to a lack of proper documentation after checks were stepped up. Among them are many Syrians. 


Reports were from Turkish interior minister Suleyman Soylu in a televised interview. He said that no Syrian had been repatriated, however. 

Strict measures for Syrians 

The crackdown was started after an increase in protests and intolerant reactions by the local population seen in the recent local elections. The over 3.5 million Syrians in Turkey have temporary protection that obliges them to reside in the province where they were registered, with some exceptions. 

The authorities have warned all Syrians to go back to the provinces they were assigned to by August 20 or that they will be sent to refugee camps in the southern part of the country near the Syrian border. 

Some 547,000 Syrians are registered in Istanbul officially but tens of thousands of others also live there. Soylu said that Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government aims to repatriate 80,000 irregular migrants this year compared with 56,000 in 2018. 
 

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