Ankara rejects Liz Truss’s plan to ship UK asylum seekers to Turkey


A tentative plan by Liz Truss to ship undesirable asylum seekers to Turkey has been shot down by the Ankara authorities inside hours of it being floated.

The Times reported on Saturday morning that the overseas secretary — who’s within the operating to turn out to be subsequent Conservative prime minister — wish to open negotiations to ship migrants to international locations reminiscent of Turkey.

That would observe the deal struck within the spring with Rwanda, which has taken over £100mn from the British authorities in return for taking deported refugees who cross the English Channel in small boats.

But afterward Saturday Turkey hit again on the proposal, warning that the nation wouldn’t turn out to be a “refugee camp or border guard” for every other nation. Turkey, a nation of 85mn folks, already has the most important refugee inhabitants on the earth, together with 3.7mn individuals who have fled the civil battle in neighbouring Syria.

“We hope these claims relating to Ms Truss in the press are unfounded,” stated Tanju Bilgiç, the ministry’s official spokesman, in an announcement on Saturday.

“It is out of the question for our nation — the world’s largest host of refugees for the last eight years — to take on a greater burden at the request of a third country and, furthermore, to contribute to an approach that is incompatible with international rules on the right to asylum.”

He added: “Turkey will not become a refugee camp or border guard for any other country, nor will it in any way assume the international obligations of a third country.”

Truss’s marketing campaign workforce performed down the concept she had drawn up a proper plan to move failed refugees to international locations reminiscent of Turkey. However, they admitted that she had raised the concept with Christopher Chope, a Tory backbencher.

“Liz supports the Rwanda policy and supports extending it to other countries,” her spokesperson stated.

More than 14,000 refugees have crossed the channel in small boats thus far this 12 months, accentuating the political strain on the federal government to deal with the difficulty. Despite the cope with the Kigali authorities no refugees have but been despatched to Rwanda, partially on account of profitable authorized challenges.

All of the candidates for the Conservative management have promised to maintain the controversial Rwanda coverage, which has been extensively criticised by charities, human rights teams and bishops.

Turkey struck a €6bn cope with the EU in 2016 as Brussels sought to stave off a repeat of Europe’s 2015 migration disaster. It led to a big drop within the variety of folks crossing the Aegean Sea to Greece.

But Turkey’s massive refugee inhabitants has turn out to be a supply of intense public anger as households have struggled with nearly 80 per cent inflation and a plunge within the worth of the lira.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who faces a difficult bid for re-election in a contest that should be held earlier than June 2023, is below strain to imitate the nation’s important opposition events by pledging to ship refugees again to Syria.

Truss, who final month visited Ankara for conferences with senior Turkish officers, used the journey to explain Turkey as an “important partner for the UK”, citing power, defence and safety as key areas of co-operation.