Merkel lauds Turkey for issuing work permits to refugees

Baku, April 24, AZERTAC

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Turkey’s issuing work permits to Syrian refugees was a “very brave step”, according to Anadolu Agency.

The German chancellor was speaking at a joint press conference of Turkey-EU Aid Program for Syrian Refugees in the southeastern province of Gaziantep.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, European Council President Donald Tusk and First Vice-President of EU Commission Frans Timmermans were also present at the event.

Merkel described Turkey’s issuing work permits for Syrian refugees as a “very brave step”.

“We saw that Syrians were embraced [here] as a society,” she added. Turkey is the country that accepted the highest number of refugees. EU needs to take responsibility as well.”

Merkel also said that seeing what has been done and accomplished regarding the refugees was important for her.

She added that 120,000 refugee children are living in Gaziantep and that all are expected to go to school thanks to the EU funds.

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