Erdogan: Turkey could open the gates of Europe to refugees

Turkish president calls on EU to provide financial support to Ankara to deal with 3.6 million refugees in the country.

Sept. 5, 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that his country may reopen the route for refugees and migrants into Europe if it does not receive adequate international support to enable it to cope with the millions of refugees in Turkey.

“This either happens or otherwise we will have to open the gates,” Erdogan said in a speech in the capital, Ankara, on Tuesday.

“Either you will provide support, or excuse us, but we are not going to carry this weight alone. We have not been able to get help from the international community, namely the European Union.”

Under a deal agreed between the EU and Turkey in March 2016, Ankara agreed to stem the flow of refugees and migrants into Europe in return for billions of euros in aid.