The ongoing civil war in Syria has caused a global refugee crisis considered to be the worst, even surpassing the crisis that happened in the aftermath of World War II.
Turkey has been home to 3.5 million Syrians fleeing the conflict zones to save their lives. The influx of refugees began with a small group of 250 to 300 Syrians demanding refuge in Turkey on April 29, 2011.
The 1951 Geneva Convention and its 1967 Protocol were ratified to help protect the rights of refugees. As Turkey is a party to the Convention, technically speaking, it should only receive refugees from European countries.
In order to give the status of refugee coming from other states it has to decide together with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and eventually place them in a third country. Therefore, Turkey used the term “guests” for the Syrians since this term h...