Turkey's president on Friday said that with its trends of rising xenophobia and racism, Europe is turning into "an open-air prison."

Speaking at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara, Recep Tayyip Erdogan decried the growing trend of ethnocentrism, cultural racism, and Islamophobia in Western countries.

"Europe is turning into an open-air prison," he told a entrepreneurship certificate ceremony of the Islamic Cooperation Organization's Women's Advisory Council.

"We are witnessing a different atmosphere in the Western world," he added.

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