Turkey’s immigrant problem could soon become ours

In Istanbul, signs of the Syrian influx are everywhere. Syrian mothers sit on pavements clutching babies wrapped in blankets; children from Homs, Syria’s most completely devastated city, push their way through packed tram carriages begging for coins. Arabic adverts offer rooms for rent. It’s almost inconceivable how many Syrians Turkey has taken in as refugees — around 2.5 million of them so far. That’s almost three times the number who have sought refuge in Europe. And while the Turks are hospitable, Turkey has more than any country should bear. Yet still more refugees arrive. This is a serious cause for concern, not just in Turkey but in Brussels too, because if Turkey can’t cope, their migrant problem will quickly become ours.

  • Exile1981

    Walls make good neighbors.

  • k1962

    Set up refugee camps within Syria close to the border with Turkey. Feed, clothe and school them and deafened them. When the war is over, they go home.

  • canminuteman

    Turkey has a powerful enough army that if they chose to they could occupy Syria and make it safe for those people to return home.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Let’s be clear – every single EU state is telling every other EU state to take more Syrians but none of them will agree to take any themselves.