Turkey marks World Refugee Day

Turkey marks World Refugee Day

ANKARA-Anadolu Agency
Turkey marks World Refugee Day

Today there are more than 68.5 million forcibly displaced people, 26 million refugees, and 3 million asylum seekers worldwide clinging to life, said Turkey's president on June 20.

"Helping these people fleeing hunger, conflict, civil war, and poverty at the risk of death is a requirement of human dignity and conscience," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a message marking World Refugee Day.

Criticizing the international community's negative attitudes towards refugees, Erdoğan decried rising discrimination, xenophobia, and racism towards refugees from the media and populist politicians, especially in Western countries.

Erdoğan said that Turkey hosts more than 4 million refugees, including 3.6 million Syrians, more than any other country in the world.

"Regardless of their ethnicity, religion, origin, or language, Turkey, as throughout its history, protects all the oppressed and victims," he added.

"No one has the right to cast a shadow over the Turkish people's generosity by inciting hostility towards refugees for the sake of political ambitions or ideological obsessions," he said.