Why don't Syrian refugees stay in Turkey?

15 Jul 2016

The BBC addresses a range of questions which European, and in particular British, citizens may have about the Syrian refugee crisis. This article helpfully corrects the common misconception that 'most' refugees are ultimately attempting to reach Britain. In fact, the vast majority who have reached Turkey remain there and those who do go on to Europe are more widely distributed than other media sources might lead Britons to imagine. The complexity of the asylum seeking process in Turkey is also sketched leading to a clearer conception of why some Syrians feel they have no choice but to attempt to reach Europe via people smugglers, thereby placing themselves in great danger: a sure sign of desperation to create a better life for themselves and their families.  

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