Syrian and Afghan refugees at Menekse Beach in Istanbul, Turkey | Photo: /EPA/Sedat Suna
Syrian and Afghan refugees at Menekse Beach in Istanbul, Turkey | Photo: /EPA/Sedat Suna

There has been a slight rise in the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey, according to the Turkish migration authorities. The city of Istanbul alone hosts more than half a million Syrian exiles.

Turkey has granted temporary protection to about 3,715,000 Syrians, as of September 2021, according to official data.

Turkey's Directorate of Migration Management released updated figures on Wednesday. They show a slight rise in the number of Syrian nationals with temporary protection since last year, when the number was 3,641,000.

The city of Istanbul hosts over 532,000 Syrian refugees — the largest proportion of registered Syrians. It is followed by Gaziantep and southern Hatay and Sanliurfa, each home to about 400,000 Syrians.

Syrians under attack

According to UNHCR reports, Turkey hosts the largest population of refugees in the world. In 2016 it signed an agreement with the European Union to prevent migrants from leaving the country towards Europe, in exchange for economic aid.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also said that his country welcomes Syrian refugees, but in recent years frustration has been growing among Turkish communities where a large number of Syrians live. Ankara and other Turkish cities have become scenes of anti-migrant mobs perpetrating violent protests against Syrians.

 

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