Selin ATAY-TDO- The claim that Syrians are illegally deported to Syria does not reflect the reality, and that voluntary repatriations are provided in accordance with international law, The Directorate General of the migration Administration reported.
The Directorate General of the migration Administration issued a press statement on Amnesty International's allegation on about the illegal deportation of Syrians, and as response to these claims “it was regrettable that Turkey's contributions were not taken into account”said in the press statement
The statement in which It was highlighted that Turkey has always provided protection to those who seek refuge in its country by opening its doors and allowing them to enjoy all basic rights and services indiscriminately, continued with those terms:
- As of October 17, 2019, there are approximately 4 million asylum seekers in our country. Of these, 3 million 674,588 are Syrians under temporary protection. However, the unfair criticism of Turkey's policies overshadows the effort and dedication that has been made to date and makes no constructive contribution to Turkey, which is struggling almost alone in this field.
- The temporary protection of Syrians who have been released from our country within the scope of voluntary repatriation is terminated due to 'voluntary repatriation' and returns are provided in accordance with international law. In this context, a total of 3,64,663 people have returned voluntarily to date.
According to the statement, the voluntary repatriation request form, designed to prevent abuse and arbitrariness in the voluntary return of Syrian foreigners, was signed by a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in his absence, by the Red Crescent Authority, in his absence, by the governorships appropriate non-governmental organization representative or governor's office officer of human rights and equality.