This was first and foremost a story of migration and settlement. At the time of increasing commercialization of agriculture and cotton from the increasingly sedentarized plain to industrial Europe, Mersin was founded by immigrants coming from different parts of the Empire such as Beirut, Syria, Central Anatolia, Cyprus and the Aegean Islands. Mersin became a cosmopolitan place in the region and was the hub of the regional economy. The port-town became the final destination for the trade networks of the hinterland, and the starting point in the foreign trade network.
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Several nations including Russia , Great Britain and France , which took the last European team medals in , withdrew from the competition which is no longer a Tokyo qualifier. Those pull-outs have opened the door for others to make history with Turkey poised to take advantage having had a previous best of seventh in the team event in Led by world still rings champion Ibrahim Colak , world parallel bars silver medallist Ahmet Onder and European parallel bars bronze medallist Ferhat Arican , Turkey posted a Ukraine, without star Oleg Verniaiev , was more than a point back at
Syrian newcomers have been pitted against Kurds in competition for low-income jobs and, as their numbers have swelled, locals have become less tolerant, Andrew Wilks reports from Mersin. Now, the city, which lies to the east of the popular holiday resort of Antalya, is struggling to retain this spirit of tolerance as the arrival of refugees from Syria means competition for scarce resources and limited public services create new divisions while Turkey faces an economic downturn. They use their own shops and the big supermarkets because the government gives them cards they can use there for free [goods].
Getting to this point for the event, originally scheduled for early May in Azerbaijan, has at times seemed like an odyssey, and even though many countries have chosen to sit out the event, which is no longer a Tokyo qualifier, stars like multi-Olympic medallist Marian Dragulescu look set to capitalize. Fourteen of the 38 countries originally registered to compete at the Europeans have withdrawn, including powerhouses Russia, Great Britain, and the Netherlands. Those three nations combined to capture all seven of the gold medals on offer at the Europeans in Poland. The withdrawals also mean one change in format: only six — not the original and standard eight — teams will advance to the senior team final. Together, the duo lifted Russia to its first post-Soviet breakup World team title in