It has also been reported that Canada rejected refugee applications from the family. Teema Kurdi, a hairdresser in Vancouver who has lived there for more than 20 years, told Ottawa Citizen that the family had made "a 'G5' privately sponsored refugee application".
The website reports that this was rejected by citizenship and immigration earlier this year in June, because of "complexities involved in refugee applications from Turkey".
This is because the UN does not register Syrian Kurdish refugees in Turkey as refugees, the website said, and the Turkish state does not give the refugees exit visas.
“I was trying to sponsor them, and I have my friends and my neighbours who helped me with the bank deposits, but we couldn’t get them out, and that is why they went in the boat. I was even paying rent for them in Turkey, but it is horrible the way they treat Syrians there,” Teema said.