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Nearly 295,000 Syrians return home from Turkey in 2018

Syrian refugees with their belongings pass through Oncupinar border gate to reach their hometowns before Eid al-Adha in Kilis, Turkey on 29 August 2017 [Ensar Özdemir/Anadolu Agency]
Syrian refugees with their belongings pass through Oncupinar border gate to reach their hometowns before Eid al-Adha in Kilis, Turkey on 29 August 2017 [Ensar Özdemir/Anadolu Agency]

Nearly 295,000 Syrians, who fled the civil war in their country, have returned to home from Turkey in 2018, according to a statement by the Turkish Interior Ministry on Saturday.

Turkey’s Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern Syria cleared, according to it’s military, the region of YPG, Daesh and other militant groups, making the safe return of Syrian civilians to their homeland possible.

Sharing information on one of its social media accounts, the ministry said 853,274 foreigners were also given residence permit, while nearly 270,000 illegal migrants were held.

A total of 55,894 illegal migrants were also deported in 2018, it added.

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