– Syrians eating bananas provoke Turks – now they threaten to be deported
Turkey plans to expel seven foreigners who shared a video of them eating bananas on social media. The agency’s action was triggered by a simple street survey.
More than 3.5 million civil war refugees from neighboring Syria live in Turkey. Compared to the estimated half a million Afghans – and one and a half million other illegal immigrants and seasonal workers from other countries – Syrians in particular are well integrated. But the country’s mood against refugees from Syria is rising. Recently, videos of Syrians eating bananas in protest sparked a scandal that has drawn Turkish immigration officials to the scene.
The commission ordered the deportation of seven foreigners. The order was preceded by a street survey on October 17, 2021, in which a Turk complained that Syrians could buy more in the country than locals. “I can not eat bananas, you buy kilos of bananas …” he said in a video posted on YouTube – thus resolving a controversy. The economic crisis and the corona epidemic devastated a country in which many Turks could not survive economically.
Shortly afterwards, videos appeared on social media in which young Syrians ate bananas and supported the record with quotes from a street survey. Many Turks were outraged by this and described the clips as “mocking the economic hardship of Turkish citizens”; The extremists campaigned that it was “time to shoot the Syrians.”
Some comments were directed against Erdogan’s government: instead of criticizing its asylum policy, the Syrians are now being insulted; Immigrants will not receive Turkish tax money, but are said to be supported by EU funds.
But migration officials also rated the videos as provocative; The Turks will be ridiculed for it. The authority said that the background of the videos would be fully clarified and action would be taken against all those who shared them.