Turkish PM Lashes Out at “Christian Fortress Europe” for Not Accepting Enough Refugees
350,000 migrants have fled to Europe this year.
Almost 50,000 asylum-seekers reached Greece in July alone.
In just four years, since 2011, half of the Syrian population has been killed, displaced or has fled the country.
In just 4 years, over half of Syria’s population of 22m has been killed, displaced or fled the country. pic.twitter.com/KdjO8Hhwn2
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There are nearly 4 million Syrian refugees in five host countries.
This weekend Turkish Prime Ministar Ahmed Davutoglu criticized the “ridiculously small” share of foreign refugees Europe was accepting, calling the continent the “Christian fortress of Europe.”
France 24 reported:
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu on Sunday criticised the “ridiculously small” share of refugees the EU is accepting, labelling the continent the “Christian fortress Europe.”
Turkey had taken more than two million people alone from war-torn Syria and Iraq, creating “a buffer zone between the chaos and Europe,” Davutoglu wrote for Monday’s edition of Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.
He criticised as low the financial contribution the EU had made in support of Turkey’s effort, according to excerpts pre-released in German by the conservative newspaper Sunday.
There seemed to be the “convenient reflex” to load the refugee problems on the shoulders of Turkey and to build a “Christian fortress Europe,” he wrote.
Such an approach contradicted European values, and Turkey as an EU candidate nation could not imagine it had the support of majority of Europeans, wrote the prime minister.