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Turkish President Eyes Syrian Refugee Return to Quell Public Discontent, Economic Malaise

Turkish President Eyes Syrian Refugee Return to Quell Public Discontent, Economic Malaise

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pushing for the mass return of Syrian refugees to ease domestic discontent and kickstart an ailing economy. But Erdogan is struggling to find the financial support to realize his objective.

Turkey's military operation against the YPG Syrian Kurdish militia this month was ostensibly an operation to secure the Turkish border from what Ankara called a terrorist threat. But analysts suggest the return of refugees was the main objective.

"This political risk [Syrian military operation] Tayyip Erdogan took, this decision was mostly for domestic purposes," said international relations professor Huseyin Bagci of Ankara's Middle East Technical University. "Why? Because the recent [Turkish] local elections show the Syrian refugees are already a social, psychological, political, [and] economic problem for Turkey.

Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu, the new Mayor of Istanbul from Turkey's main opposition opposition Republican People's Party (CHP…

Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu, the new Mayor of Istanbul from Turkey's main opposition opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) light a flare as he makes a speech after he took over office, in Istanbul, June 27, 2019.

 

Aliqismet BADALOV,
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