Plight Of Illegal Armenians In Turkey

The historic conflict between Armenians and Turks continues in darkened basements of offices and apartment building in Turkey where children of illegal Armenians cluster together in order to learn how to read and write. They are prevented by Lausanne Treaty provisions which restrict education for minorities to legal inhabitants, and by Turkey’s Special Education Law which forbids entry of children whose parents are illegal immigrants to attend public school. There only hope is attending a private school, but for most who work in low paying occupations, the cost prohibits their children from attending. This results in organizing illegal schools where children read from textbooks smuggled into the country from Armenia.

Certainly, allowing Armenian children to attend school would be a positive step in forging new relations between Armenia and Turkey.