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Tags: EU | Denmark | Turkey

Danish NGO Puzzled by Turkish Decision to Expel Staff

Friday, 31 March 2017 05:19 AM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The secretary-general of a Danish NGO working in Turkey with Syrian refugees says five of the organization's employees have been expelled while five others — all Syrians — are being detained by Turkish authorities.

Birgitte Qvist-Soerensen of Danchurchaid says "it is frustrating not to have gotten an explanation as to why" its staff have been forced to stop "at a time when our presence there is highly needed."

Qvist-Soerensen said Friday a Dane, two Britons and an Irish national arrived in London late Thursday, while the fifth person, a Jordanian, had returned to Amman. She fears the five Syrians may be deported to Syria.

She dismissed a Turkish media description of them as "agents for foreign powers."

Turkey is home to some 3 million refugees, mostly Syrians.

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The secretary-general of a Danish NGO working in Turkey with Syrian refugees says five of the organization's employees have been expelled while five others - all Syrians - are being detained by Turkish authorities.Birgitte Qvist-Soerensen of Danchurchaid says "it is...
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2017-19-31
Friday, 31 March 2017 05:19 AM
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