Impatience grows in Turkey over Syrian 'guests'

A Syrian refugee family sit on a street in Istanbul in this United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees photo from August 1, 2014Cengiz, a street seller who plies his trade selling bread rings in the centre of Istanbul, is usually a fervent supporter of Turkey’s newly-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has maintained an “open door” policy for all those fleeing Syria’s civil war, with the result that there are now some 1.2 million Syrian refugees living in the country. It is these refugees who have become the source of an upsurge in tensions in Turkey, where local authorities appear to have been initially poorly prepared for the huge influx. The refugees have become an increasingly visible presence in cities including Istanbul, with entire families huddled together on carpets and begging in the middle of the pavement in the city centre.

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