Understanding Turkey's reception policy towards Syrian refugees

Author: Adrian Foucher winner of 2018 Migration Media Award: Second Place in Online Category in French.

Date of Publication: 1 march 2020

Media: The Conversation

This is Adrian Foucher second production after his award winning article "On the Road to the Balkans"

Decription: In March 2016, Turkey and the European Union signed an agreement to end migration crossings from Turkey to Europe. Responsible since that date for guarding European borders, the Turkish government, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, regularly threatens Europeans to open the 'migration tap'. On Friday 28 February, the death of 33 Turkish soldiers following air operations by the Syrian regime marks a serious setback, both military and political, for Ankara, which is demanding the support of the EU and NATO. In order to put pressure on the West, the Ankara authorities have just this weekend led tens of thousands of refugees to the Greek and Bulgarian borders. A tug of war is being waged over the issue of refugees, which has been completely instrumentalised by Turkish policy. How did it come to this? What are the driving forces behind Turkey's policy on this issue?