Some 25,000 individuals, principally ladies and youngsters, have died in the Mediterranean Sea during the last eight years, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan mentioned Sunday.
“In the past eight years, 25,000 individuals, most of them ladies and youngsters, died in the treacherous waters of Mediterranean,” Erdoğan instructed the closing ceremony of the International Migration Film Festival by way of videoconference.
He mentioned these migrants set out with hope for a protected future, nonetheless, many of the journeys ended in demise.
“The destiny of some 10,000 Syrian kids who sought asylum in Europe is unknown,” Erdoğan added.
Erdoğan mentioned the migration problem continues to be on the world agenda as a world phenomenon, and tens of millions of individuals have needed to go away their properties attributable to struggle, instability, terror and poverty.
He added that individuals migrate not just for higher jobs or higher dwelling requirements however to remain alive and have sufficient meals to eat.
“Today there are almost 260 million migrants in the world, in addition to over 71 million displaced and over 25 million refugees,” he careworn.
He expressed his hopes that the pageant would contribute to rethinking about migration and its causes and to elevating consciousness of the social, cultural, political and financial dimensions of migration.
Touching on the excessive variety of refugees in Turkey, Erdoğan mentioned the nation has embraced everybody with out discrimination, in distinction to quotas enforced by international locations with higher alternatives.
Turkey devised complete insurance policies for migrants, from housing and well being care to schooling and social integration, in order to enhance their lives, Erdoğan mentioned, including that these efforts had been all accomplished with the nation’s personal sources because the European Union and different international locations didn’t present help.
“Cinema is a robust means to inform concerning the sorrows and joys of migration tales in an efficient method,” Erdoğan mentioned.
He known as on individuals to drop their prejudices about migration and change into conscious of the contributions migrants make to the international locations and societies they settle in.
The movie pageant is supported by Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry and arranged by the Interior Ministry below the auspices of the Turkish Presidency.