Seventy percent of Turks say borders should be closed to refugees - poll

Seventy percent of Turkish citizens say the country’s borders should be closed to refugees, Diken news website reported on Wednesday, citing a survey by Metropoll, a leading local polling firm.

The rate of those who say the doors should remain open stands at 24.4 percent, according to Metropoll’s monthly public survey for July, Diken said.

Turkey is hosting millions of Syrian refugees. Ankara has signed a 2016 deal with the European Union to house the migrants and to cut their influx into the bloc worth billions of euros.

Last week, the U.S. State Department announced a refugee action plan for Afghan nationals and family members who could be targets of Taliban violence because of their affiliations with Washington. It identified Turkey as a possible relocation destination for the dissidents. Ankara has so far rejected any such plan saying it would cause another mass arrival of migrants.



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