UN refugee agency expects more Syrians to flee to Turkey

UN refugee agency expects more Syrians to flee to Turkey in next six months, UNHCR chief says the number will reach 380,000.

UN refugee agency expects more Syrians to flee to Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey will reach 380,000 within the next six months, UN's refugee agency has predicted.

Presenting a report to an international donors conference in Kuwait on Thursday, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said the current number of Syrians staying in camps and city centers in Turkey had passed well over 200,000.

Guterres said to Anadolu Agency, the donors in Kuwait conference had pledged over $1.5 billion, adding that $1 billion of the total amount would be allocated to Syria's neighbors hosting the refugees and that Turkey would receive nearly $160 million.

"I can only express my deep gratitude and appreciation for what has been the strong commitment of the Turkish government to refugee protection and to hope that the international community will be able to show Turkey the same solidarity that Turkey has shown in relation to Syrian refugees," Guterres told the Anadolu Agency.

According to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD), the country had spent 600 million Turkish liras for the Syrian refugees.

 

Last Mod: 31 Ocak 2013, 14:24
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