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Refugees Cannot Meet Their Basic Needs in Pandemic

Last Update 04.06.2020

While the coronavirus crisis affected the world, people of all ages and all socio-economic levels, we talked to İbrahim Vurgun Kavlak, the General Coordinator of the Solidarity with Refugees and Migrants (SGDD-ASAM), about the refugees who are the groups most affected by the epidemic and what they experienced in the pandemic.

One of the main agenda before March 11, the day of the announcement of the first Covid-19 case in Turkey, was refugees trapped in the Turkey-Greece border. Again, in the first week of the epidemic, a large number of refugees were crowded at the border crossing.

While Ibrahim Vurgun Kavlak conveyed his observations from the border in the interview, Kavlak said that on the first days there was no intense agenda due to the motivation of the outbreak at the border, but after the border was emptied, the epidemic was spoken more among refugees.

Kavlak said in a period when the borders were closed due to the coronavirus epidemic and the economies came to a standstill, migrants had faced serious difficulties in Turkey where there are more than 3.5 million refugees. He explained that refugees who work for low wages during the labor process are struggling with unemployment and do not meet their basic needs due to economic problems.

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