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Turkey: Syrian refugees deplore upcoming raids and deportations in Istanbul

1 23.07.2019 Инфо

M/S Shops with Turkish and Arabic signs, Istanbul
M/S WC sign *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Syrian refugee (Arabic): "We reach home terrified. Until we reach home we fear that someone might stop us, talk to us, or so. This is not the way we used to live. Where is the humanity? We want someone to listen to our demands. The borders are closed for us, and we are deported from every place we are caught in, they want to deport us according to their will and make us live according to their will. There is no work except in Istanbul, they are targeting us a lot. We are refugees; I raise my voice to the countries of the world pleading with them to stand with us. Everyone is deporting us, no one is supporting us at all, this is not right. Turkey hosted us for seven years then finally they are sick of us."
C/U Business signs in Turkish and Arabic *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Syrian refugee (Arabic): ''They capture them on the way, here, and in the streets, whoever does not have a TPID is taken and deported without taking into consideration that they have families and children. There should be some mercy in resolutions and decisions. I understand if a decision is taken but some time should be given to people, maybe a month or two, to make necessary arrangements. This way if anyone doesn't abide by the decision or the resolution, they would be compelled to be deported, no problem. But not in this arbitrary manner which harmed a lot of people.''
W/S Kebab shop with Arabic sign *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Syrian refugee (Arabic): ''I will speak for the Syrians and concerning the resolution announced by the Istanbul Mayor about Syrians who are not in hold of a TPID. I really hope they issue more TPIDs for Syrians and not send them back to Syria. Now the situation in Idlib, everyone is dying, people who will be sent back there, what will they do? There is nothing there, they can't work, they will either die or become thieves. It's better that they stay and work here. Some people have families here, some have partners and some have established businesses, but they are taking them and sending them back to Syria, this is wrong. I hope the Turkish government stops this. I am Turkmen and speaking as a Turkmen for Syrian nationals.''
W/S Restaurant and people walking on street *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Syrian refugee (Arabic): ''The Syrians who came from Syria to Turkey have not come for tourism or for recreation, they came to work and live, they fled war in our country. The way they entered [Turkey] is wrong of course, they are supposed to [enter] the country in a legal way, at least they should have passports issued from their country, and they are supposed to enter in a legal way.''
M/S Shop sign in Turkish and Arabic *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Syrian refugee (Arabic): "There was a point the Mayor of Istanbul mentioned today, that is the number of Syrians in Istanbul has increased and so. The number of Syrians in Istanbul has increased indeed but they are not jobless, we - the Syrians in Istanbul - are not jobless, we are all working. all right? I beg your pardon, some say that Syrians took the place of the Turks in a certain field or job, but the places the Syrians work at are owned by Syrians, they are not working for Turks. The projects they work in are Syrian projects. I work in this shop for a Syrian man, I am not working for a Turkish man, see? We are not driving the Turkish worker out in order to take his place, we are working in Syrian projects owned by Syrians, we are not occupying anyone's place."
W/S Street
SCRIPT
Syrian refugees expressed their concern and criticism towards authorities in Istanbul that set a four-week deadline for Syrians with a Temporary Protection Identification Document (TPID) to return to the provinces they are registered in or to face a forced transfer. The August 20 deadline was issued via a statement from the Istanbul Governor's Office on Monday.
According to that statement, Syrians are required to carry their TPID or passports on them at all times.
A refugee residing in Istanbul shared his fear following the announced deportations: "We reach home terrified. Until we reach home we fear that someone might stop us, talk to us, or so. This is not the way we used to live. Where is the humanity?"
He added that "there is no work except in Istanbul, they are targeting us a lot. We are refugees; I raise my voice to the countries of the world pleading with them to stand with us. Everyone is deporting us, no one is supporting us at all, this is not right. Turkey hosted us for seven years then finally they are sick of us."
Another Syrian refugee said that "they capture them on the way, here, and in the streets, whoever does not have a TPID is taken and deported without taking into consideration that they have families and children."
Istanbul authorities indicated that about 547,479 Syrians are under temporary protection in the Turkish capital.
Some media reported that hundreds of Syrians mainly residing in Istanbul have allegedly been deported back to areas in northern Syria, including the province of Idlib.