Erdogan urges Europe to do more for refugees

Turkish President Erdogan calls on European nations to do more to help migrants crossing the Mediterranean

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called European countries to shelter more refugees from Iraq and Syria during his visit to Albania on Wednesday.

After meeting with the Albanian President Bujar Nishani to discuss economic relations, Erdogan said sheltering migrants is a “duty” of every developed country.

"Can we be insensitive to these homeless, unsheltered poor people? Shouldn't the developed countries offer a solution to these people? They have their obligations too. Everybody should do their own duty," Erdogan said while mentioning Turkey has taken on around 2 million refugees.

According to Erdogan, Turkey has to date spent around $5.6 billion on providing the basic needs to of 1.7 million Syrians and 300,000 Iraqis who have fled the ongoing conflicts in their countries.

President Erdogan spoke on the issue of refugees as the European Union launches new measures to deal with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.

Around 60,000 people have tried to cross the Mediterranean from northern Africa to southern Europe since the start of this year, and around 2,000 people have died while making the perilous voyage.

During his visit, President Erdogan also attended the inauguration of a new 4,500-capacity mosque opened near the Albanian parliament building in Tirana.

The Turkish President arrived in Albania with 100 businessmen in his first visit to the country in six years.

Turkey and Albania currently share an annual trade exchange of $430 million. Around 300 Turkish companies have also invested approximately $2.7 billion in the country.

TRTWorld and agencies