Number of Syrians seeking refuge in Turkey rises to over 150 000 persons

Number of Syrians seeking refuge in Turkey rises to over 150 000 persons
# 15 January 2013 08:51 (UTC +04:00)

“This is about a 3 per cent increase since the year-end figures of 2012,” the Office of the High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a situation report that cites Turkish Government figures that show that 153,307 persons were currently registered in 14 camps in seven provinces of the country. During the past two weeks 3,266 Syrians were admitted to Turkey from the borders while 1,560 Syrians have returned to Syria voluntarily.

Last week, UNHCR said it was putting in place measures to help Syrian refugees, which total more than 600,000 in all neighbouring countries, to weather harsh winter conditions.

According to today’s report, despite heavy snowfall in Turkey’s Adiyaman and Gaziantep provinces, UNHCR Field Teams managed to reach the camps and observed that Government officials made every effort to keep the roads to the camps open.

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