ANKARA

Turkish citizens living abroad have faced at least 88 attacks based on xenophobia and racism in the first nine months of 2019, according to a dedicated Foreign Ministry database.

In response to rising xenophobia, discrimination, racism, and Islamophobia across the world — especially in Europe, where up to 5.5 million Turks live — the ministry took action to set up the database to track attacks on Turkish citizens living abroad.

In addition, the ministry also established a 24-7 call center in order to help Turkish people targeted by such attacks and inform them of their legal rights.

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