Turkey May Eliminate Geographic Restrictions on Asylum by 2012 (News)

The Turkish newspaper Zaman reports that Turkey is prepared to begin changes to its asylum laws to harmonize its immigration laws with those of the EU.

The Government reportedly plans to create an Asylum and Immigration Directorate within the Interior Ministry, to build “refugee shelters”, and to ratify the 1967 UN Refugee Protocol, thus eliminating the geographic restrictions (Europe only) that Turkey currently applies to asylum seekers.

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