What next for Turkey's Syrian refugees?
May 5th, 2014
10:18 PM ET

What next for Turkey's Syrian refugees?

“The Syrian crisis crashed onto neighboring Turkey’s doorstep three years ago and the humanitarian, policy and security costs continue to rise,” the International Crisis Group notes in a new report. And, with some 720,000 Syrian refugees and nearly $3 billion in spending, frustration and fatigue are growing. “Ankara needs to find a sustainable, long-term arrangement with the international community to care for the Syrians who arrive daily.”

But what could a long-term solution look like? And how effective has Turkey’s response been? Didem Akyel Collinsworth, Turkey and Cyprus analyst for International Crisis Group's Turkey/Cyprus Project, will be taking readers’ questions on the issue. For more background, watch ICG in the field here.

Please leave your questions in the comment section below.

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  1. chrissy

    And THIS is a far better reason for the US to send financial aid than for instance...funding Egypts military so they could overthrow their government. OR...money to Israel so they can cause strife with whomever is their mood of the moment! If we feel the need to be financially stupid at least let it be for humanitarian reasons!

    May 5, 2014 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  2. chrissy

    And is there ANY Syrians left in Syria? Other than the goon and his squad running that country into the ground!

    May 5, 2014 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  3. chrissy

    Oops meant and "are" there any syrians not "is"

    May 5, 2014 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  4. 100 % ETHIO

    Why everyone's Eyes are on US?
    Natural disasters? OMG, they want US to assist.
    Human disasters? Again, they want US to respond.

    So..., if they want US to respond for any war and disaster, don't they supposed to appreciated with a good manner?

    Turkey doesn't have ability to assist Syria. She got her own problems.

    May 6, 2014 at 12:37 am | Reply
  5. Peter

    What does the future hold for those poor syrians? Wil they go back home or remain there forever?

    May 6, 2014 at 3:13 am | Reply
  6. Ferhat Balkan

    As a Turk, I feel deeply saddened for the Syrians. I can only hope that one day Syria will be a democratic and free country from the clutches of a brutal dictator. I'm also upset that the UN Security Council has remained in a deadlock over what to do about Syria. Inaction has caused the lives of many innocents. Since the UN has been incapable of responding the the crisis effectively, they should at least provide humanitarian aid to those refugees seeking shelter in my country as well as Lebanon and Jordan. The refugees as well as the host countries need support from the international community. No single country can cope with the huge influx of refugees. Something needs to be done, this conflict has dragged on long enough.

    May 6, 2014 at 4:36 am | Reply
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    It is to the USA's advantage to help the government of Turkey with any problems that arise for that country, which is well located to assist the USA as a base in a military crisis nearby.
    USA aid to Turkey should be in proportion to cooperation the USA can expect to receive from Turkey.
    Of course, one must say that the USA is sending aid solely to help those poor, suffering Syrian refugees.

    May 6, 2014 at 7:13 am | Reply
  8. j. von hettlingen

    Ms Didem Akyel Collinsworth, no doubt Turkey's resources are overstretched by the influx of Syrian refugees. But they are just material. The question is whether Erdogan's government has the political resources to cope with the crisis? Apparently there are deep resentments among Turks living on the Syrian border against the refugees.

    May 6, 2014 at 7:29 am | Reply
  9. George Patton

    Fast forward. With the little dirty Russian thug, Puting, where will the Ukrainian refuges go? That's why we need to go in, and go in now! Push the dirty Russians back where they belong. In Russia! If we don't do this now, that region will have to deal with their refuges!

    May 6, 2014 at 7:50 am | Reply
  10. Joseph McCarthy

    I'm sorry George,but the American sentiment is contrary to helping the Ukrainians now. I have read the self righteous comments against U.S. involvement. They don't care. Yet, when these Ukrainians, pro-American mind you,become helpless refuges, then the Americans become sympathetic and want to help. By then it's too late.

    May 6, 2014 at 7:56 am | Reply
  11. George Patton

    I know Joseph. Those aren't true Americans. A real American will fight! They love the sting of battle. Watching on the news these Russian military thugs attacking civilian buildings, makes me sick. It's like the 6th grader going to the 2nd grade playground and kicking sand in their face.
    And Americans don't want another war? Horse relish!

    May 6, 2014 at 8:01 am | Reply
  12. Joseph McCarthy

    America isn't what it used to be George. When we turn our back on our friends overseas,pro-American mind you, we are no longer a global leader, but just an ordinary run of the mill country.
    Sad.

    May 6, 2014 at 8:08 am | Reply
  13. chrissy

    Lol you mean "horse radish" dont you @ George? And centuries ago maybe war was "the thing" we lived for...but now...after years of being embroiled in 2 wars that weren't necessary....except to make 2 greedy men very rich....youre damn tootin....WE are tired of wars!!!

    May 6, 2014 at 8:44 am | Reply
    • bristoltwit palin... America's favorite dancing cow

      Mmmmmmmmm... horse radish

      May 6, 2014 at 8:53 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      chrissy,are you a fan of Sarah Palin? You must be. Because
      that's precisely what I said, "horse radish." Good grief!

      May 6, 2014 at 10:40 am | Reply
  14. The ENTIRE GOP PLATFORM in a single paragraph

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    May 6, 2014 at 9:01 am | Reply
  15. chrissy

    You SAID horse RELISH and what does that have to do with Palin?

    May 6, 2014 at 10:59 am | Reply
    • palintwit

      Maybe because she looks like a horse.

      May 6, 2014 at 11:32 am | Reply
      • That's an insult to horses

        Willllllber! Neeee. Us horses are good looking. Palin looks like my excrement. Neeeee.

        May 6, 2014 at 1:23 pm |
  16. chrissy

    Ah you just thought i couldnt read cuz Palin is dumb as a post doesn't mean i am!

    May 6, 2014 at 11:38 am | Reply
  17. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    If you want to criticize Sarah Palin, stick to politics. Denying that she is a beautiful woman lessens the credibility of your political stance.

    May 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • That's an insult to horses

      Neeee. Beauty is what's in the inside. And she don't have it. Neeeeeeee.

      May 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  18. anton rappold

    Where are the do gooders in the west ? turkey is shouldering a $3.billion unplanned refugee crisis..sauid arabia and the USA have not lived up to their financial commitents and aid..the UK has taken in 35 Syrian refugees.wait =until the minority of Crimea – the tatars flood to Turkey like the 300,000 Bulgars two decades ago that turkey assimilated

    May 20, 2014 at 4:02 am | Reply

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