Turkey’s Syrian population grows to 4.2 percent

The number of Syrians registered in Turkey grew by over 600,000 between the end of 2016 and the end of 2017, making them 4.2 percent of Turkey’s population, according to figures from the country’s Directorate of Migration Management quoted by left-wing newspaper BirGün.

The figure increased from 14 thousand in 2012 to 2.8 million in 2016 and has risen again to 3.4 million in 2017.

Over 538,000 of Turkey’s Syrians live in Istanbul province, which has the most of any single province.

As a ratio to the number of citizens, Kilis province has the most, however, with 100.81 Syrians for every 100 citizens.

228,488 of the Syrians are living in refugee camps, the directorate said.