Turkey closes down 6 out of 19 refugee camps due to austerity measures

Via Turkish Minute – Turkey has closed down six camps for Syrian refugees due to austerity measures the government has taken amidst economic problems, the Cumhuriyet daily reported on Thursday.

The move affected some 132,990 Syrian refugees.

According to the Interior Ministry, 76 percent of the refugees rented apartments with the help of allowances provided by the government. The remainder has been transferred to other camps.

Turkey operates 19 refugee camps, located primarily near the Syrian border.

The government estimates it will save TL 77 million ($14,5 million) with the closures.

The ministry also announced that there were officially 3.597 million Syrian immigrants in Turkey. Last year the number was 3.425 million.

Turkey has the largest refugee population in the world as it opened its borders after the beginning of the civil war in Syria in 2011.


These news have been published at Turkish Minute