Turkey struggling to cope with refugees

19 Aug 2016
EU Observer

'EU Observer' reports that the Council of Europe’s special representative on migration and refugees, Tomas Bocek, praised Turkey for their efforts in helping huge numbers of displaced people from neighbouring states but raised doubts over their ability to cope with the long term impact. Only 20% of refugees in Turkey are currently held in official camps, and only one EU funded camp can be used as intended. Living conditions are harsh and child labour is ”exploding”. Many families are struggling to feed their children, and are turning to sexual exploitation or early marriage of their daughters to ensure survival. Enrolment in school is very low amongst refugees, and many are at risk of criminality and extremism. The new report raised questions over the EU-Turkey migration deal and urged both parties to increase delivery on all fronts.

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