Recently Turkey marked International Migrant’s Day with an event that took place in the country’s capital, Ankara and which was aptly named “Safe Migration in a World on the Move.”

Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalisation, together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly increased the number of people who have the desire and the capacity to move to other places.

International Migrant’s Day is identified by the UN (United Nations) to recognise and respect the fundamental rights and freedom of all migrants, whether they are refugees or people who simply want to make a better life for themselves in a country of their choice.

The event was attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who rightfully said Turkey ‘walks tall when it comes to the issue of migrants’, as this country has been at the forefront by welcoming nearly 5 million migrants.

The president of the Foreign Citizens Advice Centre in Kusadasi, Karim Abdullah was invited by the Kusadasi  Kaymakam, Mr. Muammer Aksoy to attend the event along with volunteers from the office. There were over 4,000 attendees including 109 people from Kusadasi and the province of Aydin which included representatives from Aydin University, Kusadasi Goc Idaresi, and Kusadasi Live, a social media platform sponsored by both the Kusadasi Belediye and the Kusadasi Hotel Owner’s Association.

Each region had their own stand where they displayed their cultural specialities, music and dance. Everyone enjoyed visiting these stands and learning about Turkey’s different regions and the various ways they welcome migrants into their areas.

Turkey’s Interior Minister, Suleyman Soylu visited each stand allowing people to share their experiences of living in Turkey and Karim was able to showcase the role of the Foreign Citizens Advice Centre by explaining how the volunteers gave support and advice about many issues relating to visiting and living in Turkey.

Karim would like to thank Mr. Aksoy and Mr. Soner Koc, the Goc Idaresi manager for the district of Aydin, for their invitation and for giving The Advice Centre representatives the opportunity to attend this important event.

 

Source: The Ege Eye

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