ARTE ReportageTurkey: Syrians in the Crosshairs of the Elections

21 min

Available until 08/05/2026

12/05/2023

Last year, in response to the opposition's demand to send all Syrians back across the border, President Erdoğan declared, "We will never allow Kemal Bey (the opposition candidate) to send our Syrian brothers home!" But the popularity of the Turkish President has since declined, in the wake of a deep economic crisis and a lacklustre rescue response to February's lethal earthquake. Meanwhile, Turkish xenophobic sentiment has grown, with some Syrian neighbourhoods even becoming the target for looting and unrest. As he tries to retain his twenty-year grip on power, Erdoğan announced a plan for the "voluntary return" of one million Syrians last summer.

Director

Sophie Nivelle Cardinale

Author

Sophie Nivelle Cardinale

Country

France

Year

2023

Between Democracy and Autocracy

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