Too much refugees for Turkey

by doriane.d on September 20, 2013 - 9:58pm


For about two years now, a civil war has been tearing the country of Syria apart. Syrians, encouraged by the recent changes in Egypt, decided to protest against their current president Bashar al-Assad. The government answered by attacking its people, hoping it would stop the protests. Unfortunately, this action leads a group of rebels to form and retaliate. This war has been going on since 2011 causing thousands of people to die and thousands of others to escape to the closest country. This article will look at one country in particular who has been accepting Syrian refugees since the beginning of the war: Turkey. 

I read an article talking about the issues that the sudden flood of refugees on the Turkish side of the border has caused. This article interested me because I only recently learned about the raging war in Syria and this war has fascinated me ever since. When reading about the latest updates on the civil war, I came across this article on NBC news:

The immense number of refugees entering Turkey affects the country and its population and possibly drags it into a war that it was not a part of in the first place. After reading the article I asked myself:

Should Turkey close its door to Syrians looking to escape the war?

I, personally, do not think that Turkey should close the border because their help has saved a lot of poor Syrians lives. Escaping the country of Syria by plane to go to another country far away is not a solution to all the population. A lot of them do not have the means to do so. These less fortunate people walk with their families and their luggage to the closest and safest place they can find and in this case it is Turkey and Jordan. Closing the border would erase any possibilities for these people to escape the atrocities that are possibly waiting for them if they stay. Closing the border would be like trapping people in a house set on fire. The thought of being able to escape the war if they want to, gives the Syrians hope that doesn’t come often in this dangerous situation.


On the other hand, if we see it from the host’s point of view, letting Syrians come into their country has a lot of disadvantages. Managing a refugees camp need a lot of resources and order. Of course there is the international help of organizations like the Red Cross but even then, feeding 450,000 people require more resources that organizations can supply. When the country won’t be able to supply those things, what will happen? Plus, there is an overpopulation of the Syrian-Turkish border and the Turkish authorities need to organize the flowing population, direct them to a camp and make sure that everything goes well. This requires a lot of surveillance and the country cannot send all of their police force on the border when they still have a country with their people to manage.


Earlier, I said that their was an overpopulation on the Syrian-Turkish border and knowing that overpopulation can lead to the start of several internal conlifcts within the camps, sanitary issues or worse, lack of resources to take care of all the refugees, how do you think the Turkish government should handle the overcrowding of the border? Plus, do you think that the United Nations should intervene on this overpopulation or is this Turkey's problem?