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Turkey hosting 5m refugees, 3.5m from Syria

Seven undocumented Iraqi migrants wrapped in aluminum foil are seen inside a truck at Istanbul's Pendik Ro-Ro Port, Turkey on 7 June 2018[Turkish Ministry of Customs and Trade/Handout/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey is hosting five million refugees, including 3.5 million Syrians, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said yesterday.

Speaking at the 17th General Assembly of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development in Istanbul, Kalin stressed on the importance of resolving the international refugee crisis.

He added that there are 70 million refugees across the world who come from Syria, North Africa, Central Asia, South Asia and other parts of the world.

“Turkey is currently hosting five million refugees, including 3.5 million Syrians. It is also hosting refugees from Iraq and other countries.”

Kalin noted that the refugee crisis constitutes a test to countries and to the international system. Many countries have failed the test, he said.

Many European countries’ parliaments are discussing whether to receive 800 refugees only whereas Turkey has received millions, Kalin added.

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