Number of Syrian Refugees in Turkey Reaches 500 000
The number of Syrian refugees in Syria is now over 500 000, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has informed.
“The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has exceeded 500,000. Over 200,000 Syrians are currently being hosted in the 20 temporary sheltering centers located in 20 provinces,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, as cited by Hurriyet Daily News.
The Foreign Ministry also said that 45,000 Syrian students were going to school in Turkey according to official data.
“A total of 5,638 Syrian babies were born in our sheltering centers,” the ministry also said.
Around seven million Syrians, or almost one-third of the population, have been displaced by the country's civil war since March 2011, the UN refugee agency said last week. About two million of them have fled to neighboring countries.
Bulgaria, which shares a border with Turkey, may have to provide shelter for as many as 10,000 Syrians by year end, according to Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev.
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"Bulgaria, which shares a border with Turkey, may have to provide shelter for as many as 10,000 Syrians by year end, according to Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev"------do You hear it, Bulgaria? (with all my sincere sympathy for all those poor refugees).