Monday is World Refugee Day, an occasion when it is important to remember that there are almost 60 million displaced people around the world in desperate need of help. The head of Parliament's Refugee Rights Committee, Atay Uslu, in an exclusive interview with Daily Sabah, said that Turkey's generosity toward Syrian refugees fleeing war should point toward the right way to tackle the problem. Uslu said 1951 Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees is coming apart at the seams and failing to create appropriate solutions for the magnitude of the problem. He said compassion for fellow human beings, good neighborly policies and the culture of hospitality have allowed Turkey to help nearly 3 million Syrian refugees while a fraction of that amount has caused severe political and humanitarian crises in European countries, which are much richer. Uslu last week suggested replacing the Geneva Convention with a "Gaziantep Convention," in honor of the southeastern province where, he said, there is perfect harmony between Syrians and locals.Each year on June 20, the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) commemorates World Refugee day, to raise awareness of the situation of refugees around the world. Daily Sabah spoke with Deputy Atay Uslu, the head of the Refugee Rights Committee at the Turkish Parliament, to discuss Turkey's ongoing efforts for refugees as well as around the world.
In our region we have this tragic situation. Due to the Syrian War, around 400,000 Syrians have lost their lives. Moreover, 12 million Syrians were forced to immigrate, while six million went abroad. Of this six million, three million are currently in Turkey. People escaping the terror of DAESH in Iraq have sought sanctuary in our country.
Turkey stands out on world refugee day
- Most generous aid provider in terms of per capita income
- Well over $10 billion spent on Syrian refugees since 2011
- 2.75 million Syrian refugees live in Turkey, according to the UNHCR
- TİKA distributes over $3 billion of aid in 140 countries on five continents
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