TURKEY GRANTS CITIZENSHIP TO 72,000 SYRIAN REFUGEES
ANKARA, Turkey, The Turkish government has granted citizenship, to a total of 72,000 Syrian refugees, Hurriyet daily reported, on Monday.
Turkey issued citizenship to 36,000 Syrian adults and 36,000 children, said Interior Minister, Suleyman Soylu, addressing lawmakers at the parliament.
Some 380,000 Syrian refugee babies were born in Turkey, the minister said, expressing his individual wish, to issue them citizenship as well.
“That will be the biggest investment in our brotherhood, for another century,” he stated.
A total of 28,000 of them had the right to use their votes, in the Jun 24 elections, and 36,000 Syrian refugees are now eligible to cast their votes, in the upcoming local elections in Mar, 2019, he added.
Turkey has been hosting a large number of refugees, since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011.
The number of registered Syrian refugees in Oct, stood at 3.59 million, according to the UN refugee agency.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORKhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/turkey-grants-citizenship-to-72000-syrian-refugees/General