Turkey cannot bear the burden of a new wave of migration, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday, amid increasing numbers of immigrants fleeing the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
Concerns have grown about a possible increase in the number of migrants from Afghanistan due to the United States’ withdrawal from that country after two decades and the wave of Taliban attacks that followed.
The Taliban quickly regained control of the country and acted quickly to fill the power vacuum left by the US withdrawal.
Speaking of the worsening crisis in Afghanistan, Erdoğan criticized the West for imposing solutions that ignored reality.
“We have tragically witnessed once again in Afghanistan the failure of solutions which ignore reality and clash with the social fabric of the people. The Afghan people have been forced to face alone the consequences of the instability which has endured for more than 40 years, ”he said, adding that Turkey would continue to do its best to help the Afghan people in the event of a crisis. need.
But the president said Turkey would not bear the blame for another wave of migration.
“As a country that saved human dignity in Syria, we neither have the means nor the patience to face a new wave of migration,” Erdoğan said.
Noting that Turkey hosts more than a million refugees in addition to Syrians, Erdoğan said world powers must shoulder their own responsibilities in solving the migrant crisis.
Authorities say there are 182,000 registered Afghan migrants in Turkey and up to 120,000 unregistered. Erdoğan had previously urged European countries to take responsibility for any further influx, warning that Turkey did not intend to become “Europe’s migrant storage unit”.
Turkey has deployed additional reinforcements to its eastern border with Iran and further measures are expected to be implemented. Border security will be supported by technological systems.
As recently announced, to ensure the safety and security of the Turkish-Iranian border, a wall 295 kilometers (183 miles) long will be built along the entire common border. It is hoped that the wall will help prevent illegal crossings and contraband trafficking while preventing terrorists from infiltrating the country.
Turkey hosts nearly 4 million refugees – more than any other country in the world. After the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Turkey adopted an “open door policy” for people fleeing the conflict, granting them “temporary protection” status. Afghans are considered the second largest refugee community in Turkey after Syrians. Many migrants arriving via Iran head to Istanbul to find work or a passage to another coastal city from which to embark for Europe.