Turkey won’t host migrants permanently, says PM
urkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday his country was “not a concentration camp” and would not host migrants permanently to appease the EU, which wants Turkey to stop the flow of people to Europe.
“We cannot accept an understanding like ‘give us the money and they stay in Turkey’. Turkey is not a concentration camp,” Davutoglu said in a live television interview a day after talks with Germany’s Angela Merkel on the migrant crisis.
“I said this to Merkel too. No one should expect Turkey to turn into a concentration camp where all the refugees stay in,” he said.
The talks had however resulted in a “positive response” to the government’s request for visa liberalisation, he said.
And in exchange Davutoglu agreed that “illegal immigration should be properly kept under control, therefore we will set up joint mechanisms” to contain the historic flow of Syrians and others escaping conflict, persecution and poverty who use Turkey as a gateway to Europe.
“We spoke of three billion euros ($3.4 billion) as ‘fresh money’ but it is not a fixed sum. Our (financial) needs may increase,” he said. Details