Erdogan Said Migrants To Voluntarily Return After Peace Established

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that migrants and refugees in Turkey “will voluntarily return” to their countries once peace is established.

Referring to the earlier remarks made by Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, Erdogan said that what Soylu said regarding Syrian refugees “is true”.

“We are not a country that shoos migrants. We embrace them,” Turkish media Daily Sabah quoted Erdogan as saying during a press conference in Ankara.

Erdogan furthered that Syrians would like to return to their homes when peace is established.

Erdogan’s remarks came days after Soylu said that the Turkish government would not allow Syrian refugees to visit their country during the Muslim Eid festival.

Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, begins in early May and there will be a holiday for three days.

The Syrian migrants have been briefly visiting their families and relatives in areas liberated from terrorists during the holidays and returned back to Turkey.

Soylu said some 500,000 Syrians have returned to their homes after the areas were liberated by the Turkish military.

An estimated 3.7 million Syrian refugees have fled to Turkey since the Syrian conflict began in 2011.

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