Turkey and COVID-19: Don’t forget refugees
The Institute has been focusing on the plight of migrant workers, refugees and the most vulnerable in society as a result of COVID19. Turkey has experienced more confirmed cases of the virus than most countries in the world. Whilst the Government has managed to minimise the number of deaths, real challenges remain, particularly for its vast refugee and migrant population. Syrian refugees, asylum seekers from a range of countries, and irregular migrants in Turkey exceed 5 million. They live in difficult circumstances and are vulnerable to contracting and spreading the virus. Their plight is similar to so many other migrant populations and refugees around the world, and if not addressed poses huge consequences for global society. This Brooking Institute article written by Kemal Kirişci and M. Murat Erdoğan highlights the need for the Turkish Government to address the needs of this population but recognises that COVID-19 does not recognize borders and thus protecting refugees is an international responsibility requiring improved international cooperation.