Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan believes making many babies is the solution to all the injustice and discrimination he believes Turks face in Europe.
Speaking at a rally in the Turkish city of Eskisehir on Friday, Erdoğan told his compatriots living in Europe that they should view success — and the creation of big families — as the best way to combat the swell in anti-Muslim and anti-Turkish sentiment across the continent.
“Go live in better neighbourhoods. Drive the best cars. Live in the best houses. Make not three, but five children. Because you are the future of Europe. That will be the best response to the injustices against you,” he said, according to this report in Vox.
Anti-immigrant nationalists in Europe quiver at the idea of a swiftly growing and more powerful Turkish — and Muslim — population in Europe.
Relations between Turkey and Europe have been souring and such antagonising sentiments could do more harm than good. A big agreement between Turkey and the European Union hangs in the balance.
Turkey agreed to curb the flow of migrants from the Middle East into Europe in exchange for $3 billion in economic aid, visa-free travel for Turks to Europe, and a renewed push in talks about Turkey joining the European Union.
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