Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again threatened to expel Armenians illegally working in his country. The big news is – now Erdogan has estimated the number of Armenians in Turkey to be 170,000 and has claimed, that 100,000 of them are illegals.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the BBC that of 170,000 Armenians living in Turkey “70,000 are Turkish citizens”.
“We are turning a blind eye to the remaining 100,000… Tomorrow, I may tell these 100,000 to go back to their country, if it becomes necessary.”
It’s either bad memory, or bad math skills, but one thing is certain, Turkish PM cites a different number each time he speaks of Armenians in Turkey. So far Mr. Erdogan has mentioned 30, 60, 70 and now 100 thousand Armenians since he began counting in 2006. Meanwhile, a credible study suggests that the number of Armenians illegally working in Turkey is 12-15 thousand at most.
Given Erdogan’s rhetoric and impulsive behavior, I would strongly advise those Armenians to leave Turkey as soon as they can. This would be wise, because even if Erdogan ’just speaks’ in hypothetical terms, nationalists in Turkey, especially the “Hrant-Dink-killing” kind, might take his words for a call to action. I have a really bad feeling over all this.