Turkey Doesn’t Want Syrian Refugees, so EU is Paying $3.3 Billion to Export Them

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Turkey doesn’t want it’s next door neighbor’s Syrian refugees.

Miraculously, Turkish leaders somehow negotiated for the EU to pay Turkey billions, and at the EU’s expense, relocate Syrians from Turkey to EU states. As a result of the Turkey-EU refugee deal, Turkey stands to receive three billion euros (roughly $3.37 billion)– for the EU to get rid of its “refugee problem.”

And– Turkey wants Europe to airlift the 2.7 million Syrians out of Turkey and take them elsewhere.

Notice, how Turkish officials phrase getting rid of their refugee problem: “With irregular migration declining, we should activate the voluntary humanitarian resettlement,” Turkish foreign affairs official, Esen Altuğ, said last week.

Fortunately, for the EU, Turkey isn’t keeping it’s side of the deal. Turkey refuses to meet one of the EU’s demands related to visa-free travel, which requires Turkey to change its anti-terror laws.

As a result, according to a recently released European commission report, only 177 Syrians, not 2.7 million, have been transferred from Turkey to EU states. The Guardian reports, that:

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EU leaders agreed in March to take one Syrian from Turkey for every irregular migrant sent back across the Aegean Sea. Since the deal came into force, the number of people arriving in Greece has fallen sharply, but Europe has taken only a tiny number of Syrians from Turkey.

Turkey was also promised €3bn (£2.3bn) of refugee aid until 2018 as well as visa-free access to the EU, subject to conditions. But the Turkey refugee deal is at risk of unravelling as

Also, the report shows that only 30 percent of the people still in refugee camps have been resettled to Europe. And, the 160,000 asylum seekers dumped in Italy and Greece, who the EU promised to relocate, have not been relocated. EU officials had planned to move 20,000 people by mid-May (now), but the report shows that only 1,500 people have been relocated. The EU only relocated .9 percent.

What the report fails to cover, however, is that the majority of refugees already in Europe are not from SYRIA. The EU has failed to take in Syrian refugees. Instead, millions of Islamic men who’ve invaded Germany are not from Syria.

The hundreds of thousands who’ve invaded Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Sicily, the entire Mediterranean region, and Western and Eastern Europe in droves: are not from Syria.

Instead these migrants are mostly coming from Islamic countries in Northern Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Yemen– none of which are experiencing a “refugee crisis.”


Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley is a political analyst for Fox News Radio and has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide. She writes about political, cultural, and religious issues in America from the perspective of an evangelical and former communications staffer. She was a communications strategist for four U.S. Senators, one U.S. Congressman, a former New York governor, and several non-profits. She earned her MA in Theology from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Follow her @bethanyblankley facebook.com/BlankleyBethany/ & BethanyBlankley.com.

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