Turkey Won't Give Official Status to Yazidi Asylum Seekers
The exact number of Iraqi Yazidis in Turkey is not known, and it varies from day to day. Some have returned to Iraq where they have been settled in UN-funded camps, or in camps of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). A few have managed to go to Europe.
Most of those who left Turkey and managed to arrive in Europe must have done so illegally.
According to news reports, a group of about 250 Yazidis from the Diyarbakir camp headed for the Bulgarian border in June last year, hoping to reach Europe, but the city's governor ordered them ousted from the city.
Today, many Yazidi asylum seekers in Turkey are still dreaming about going to Europe.
Said Mehmet Isik, a human rights lawyer and member of the Children’s Rights Centre of the Diyarbakir Bar Association:
When we meet Yazidis, the first thing they tell us is that they want to go to a Western country.
Muslims have taken a very harsh and brutal attitude against Yazidis throughout history. Because of that, Yazidis have difficulty trusting Muslims and they do not want to live in an Islamic country. A lot of Yazidis are known to be waiting near the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea to be able to cross to Europe.
The Yazidis are a historically persecuted, non-Muslim community in the Middle East. And their persecution at the hands of a Muslim government is still ongoing.
Many Yazidis are still too deeply traumatized to return to their homes in Shingal. They are yearning to live in a free, non-Islamic country, but they get ignored by the West. The UN does not seem to care much about them either. And in Turkey, where they had to take shelter when ISIS terrorists attacked their homes in Iraq, they are living like “ghosts,” without an official status.