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Turkey's Rising Anti-Refugee Sentiment Adds to Erdogan's Challenges

By Selcan Hacaoglu

27 May 2022 · 4 min read

The hosting of millions of migrants has become a major political issue for the president ahead of 2023 elections.

During shifts as a factory interpreter, Syrian refugee Khalil Al-Hossein nervously tracks his application for Turkish citizenship. Just over the nearby international frontier, meanwhile, Turkey is accelerating its construction of housing, schools and hospitals on the plains of northern Syria hoping to lure exiles like him back home.

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