– Strange Cooperation between Antalya or Ukrainian Refugees and Russian Deportees
The Turkish seaside resort has been home to two communities that, after the war, were forced to mix. More or less compatibility.
Gillian Cogan – Antalya
Hotel complexes up to blinding distance. Beach with colorful symbols in Cyrillic script. Between two palm trees, a billboard offers kvass, this fermented drink is popular among the Slavic people. Welcome to the Turkish seaside resort and the Russian-speaking world relay Antalya in the Mediterranean. For nearly three decades, its low cost, beach and temperate climate have attracted tourists from Russia and Ukraine. Many have settled there.
Prior to the war, the city and its environs were inhabited by approximately 30,000 Russians and 9,000 Ukrainians throughout the year. Since the invasion, Andalia has been welcoming people displaced by the war, both Russians and Ukrainians. In the past three months, the local Ukrainian embassy estimates that nearly 30,000 new Ukrainians have settled in the region. They are joined by thousands of Russians fleeing the effects of political repression and sanctions.