HATAY – Anadolu Agency At least 9,880 Syrians in Turkey have returned to their country through the Cilvegözü border gate in Turkey’s southern Hatay province in the last three-and-a-half months, Turkish officials have said. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Syrians living in different provinces of Turkey were coming to Hatay’s Reyhanlı district and crossing back to their country from the border gate. Syrians are said to be returning to areas that were cleared of People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants during Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch.” There are approximately 3.5 million Syrians in Turkey who have fled the civil war in their country. Turkey on Jan. 20 launched “Operation Olive Branch” to remove YPG militants from Afrin. On March 18, Turkish troops and the Free Syrian Army captured the Afrin district center. Syrian, Turkey, return … [Read more...] about Syrians in Turkey returning to Afrin: Officials
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The report, headlined “The refugee parliamentary candidate with 30,000 signatures,” could only find itself a tiny spot in Turkey’s hecticnews environment when it was published in daily newspaper Karar on May 2. Some 50,000 Syrians are reportedly cooperating to come up with a parliamentary nominee, organizing a petition in the Yayladağı and Antakya districts of the southern province of Hatay as well as in the nearby province of Osmaniye. The group has collected 5,000 signatures to nominate Hafez' href='/search/Samir Hafez'>Samir Hafez, former head of the Syrian Turkmen Council, for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The group aims to collect 30,000 signatures and has informed the Turkish Presidency of its aim. “It is not important whether it is me or someone else [who is nominated]. What is important is that these people, like all other minorities, need a quota [in parliament to be represented]. Perhaps 120,000 to 130,000 people … [Read more...] about A Syrian refugee MP in Turkey?
İZMİR / ANTALYA Hundreds of undocumented Afghan and Syrian migrants have been rounded up and deported during anti-human trafficking operations in Turkey’s Aegean provinces, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on May 5. Some 324 undocumented Afghan nationals, who were rounded up in the Aegean province of İzmir, have been deported. Police also detained 49 undocumented Syrian migrants in the Balıkesir province. Balıkesir’s coastal districts are among main illegal routes the migrants use to go to Greece, particularly to Lesbos island. Moreover, coast guard units rounded up 38 Syrians, who were attempting to cross into Greece, in the Mediterranean province of Antalya. The migrants, including women and children, were sent to regional immigration departments. Turkey has been the main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, especially since the beginning of a civil war in Syria. Afghan, Migrants, Syrian, Turkey, izmir, Izmir, Balıkesir, … [Read more...] about 324 Afghan migrants deported from Turkey
ISTANBUL – Doğan News Agency The Turkish province accommodating the highest number of Syrian refugees in the country is Istanbul with 20 percent, according to media monitoring company Ajans Press. In figures that are based on data from the Interior Ministry’s Immigration Office, as well as media reports, as of June some 3.6 million Syrian refugees are hosted in Turkey. Istanbul accommodates 561,159 Syrian refugees, marking the highest number, followed by the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa with 475,782 and the southern province of Hatay with 445,095. Other provinces hosting a high number of Syrian refugees are the western provinces of Bursa and İzmir, the southeastern provinces of Gaziantep and Kilis, the Central Anatolian province of Konya, and the southern provinces of Adana and Mersin. The number of Syrians exceeds 100,000 in all of these provinces. The registered number of Turks in Kilis, on the Turkey-Syria border north of Aleppo, stood at … [Read more...] about 20 percent of Syrian refugees live in Istanbul
İZMİR – Anadolu Agency At least 116 undocumented migrants have been held during anti-human trafficking operations across Turkey, according to coast guard officials on April 10. In the Aegean province of Aydın, coast guard units rounded up 79 Syrians off the coast of the Kuşadası resort town after the captain of a cargo ship reported undocumented migrants requesting to come aboard. In the northwestern Balıkesir province, coast guards held 37 undocumented migrants including Syrians and an Iraqi in the Ayvalık district who were seeking an illegal route to reach the Greek Lesbos island off Maden island of Ayvalık. The migrants were referred to the district police. Turkey has been a main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, especially since the beginning of a civil war in Syria. Among migrants held in 2017 in Turkey, the majority came from Pakistan — around 15,000 — followed by Afghans at around 12,000. Syrians totaled … [Read more...] about Over 115 undocumented migrants held across Turkey
ANKARA A top EU enlargement official on May 17 lauded Turkey’s work to educate over a half-million Syrian children, state-run Anadolu Agency reported. A delegation led by Maciej Popowski, the EU’s deputy director general for neighborhood policy and enlargement negotiations, visited the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Education Center, an EU-supported training center for Syrian children in the capital Ankara’s Altındağ district. Some 1,100 Syrian kids are receiving education at the center under the EU-sponsored project, Promoting Integration of Syrian Children to Turkish Education System (PICTES), the agency reported. “Turkey’s Education Ministry has done a very special job for them. We are so impressed at what Turkey has done for 600,000 Syrian kids over the last two years,” Popowski said. “What we saw was so impressive. We thank all who have worked for this project to be a success story,” he added. “We are here to discuss … [Read more...] about EU delegation praises Turkey for ‘educating Syrian children’