Jan 19 2018

Turkey hosts 3.4 million Syrian refugees – state news agency

Turkey hosts more than 3.4 million Syrian refugees and nearly 538,000 of them live in Istanbul, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Besides Istanbul, a city of nearly 15 million, the southeastern provinces of Şanlıurfa, Hatay and Gaziantep have sizeable Syrian populations, Anadolu quoted Turkey’s migration authority as saying.

Kilis, a town close to the Syrian border, has more Syrian inhabitants than Turkish, Anadolu said.

Infographic: Istanbul home to largest number of Syrians in Turkey, Jan 17, 2018. AA
Infographic: Istanbul home to largest number of Syrians in Turkey, Jan 17, 2018. AA

The Syrian refugee population in Turkey is also very young, the figures show. There are more than 1.6 million Syrian refugee children registered in Turkey, and half a million of them are under the age of four, the agency said.

Only 7 percent of Syrian refugees live in the 21 camps set up by the Turkish government, it said.