Turkey: ‘It’s a shame’ that migrants don’t have proper documents
Turkey has been forced to admit that migrants have to present a valid ID card to apply for asylum in its country, in an attempt to stem the flow of migrants to Europe.
The decision has sparked outrage among rights groups and angered many migrants and their families, who say it sends the wrong message to migrants.
The decision was made on Monday in a meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Turkey has long been criticized for failing to protect migrants and refugees from persecution, including torture, enforced disappearances and the detention of migrants in makeshift camps.
It’s not clear if the card will be issued for migrants arriving in Turkey.
Many migrants have been arriving by sea on overcrowded boats since late 2016.
They have been forced into camps along the Turkish-Syrian border, and their fate is being closely monitored.
Turkey’s Interior Minister Ibrahim Kalin said the card was necessary for refugees to show they were entitled to asylum, but he also suggested the government should offer them a “home life” if they wanted to return home.
“We should offer asylum to those who want to go back home,” Kalin told a news conference.
“There is a possibility that they will be granted asylum.
But if they want to come back to Turkey, they have to have a home life, and we have to give them a home.”
In a video posted on the Interior Ministry’s official YouTube channel, Kalin also warned against the “wrong” way migrants were being treated.
“We need to ensure that people who come to Turkey are properly protected.
That is why we are holding meetings,” he said.
The plan has also angered the German public.
“The government should make a commitment that asylum seekers have a right to a home and a family life.
We need to take care of people,” said the head of the German Federation for Refugees, Andreas Pienaar.”
But we can’t guarantee that everyone will come home, or that everyone is safe,” he added.
“Migrants who arrive by sea and are denied asylum will always end up in camps.”
Germany is one of Europe’s largest economies, but migrants have struggled to find work in recent years.
In 2016, the country welcomed more than 1 million migrants, mostly Syrians and Afghans.
About 600,000 have been granted asylum in Germany since then, but the government has struggled to keep up with the influx, as it has not been able to secure funding for housing for all of them.