AA / Ankara
“Turkey is ensuring the construction of 200,000 houses in Syria for the refugees who will return there,” said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Turkish Head of State delivered a speech at the end of the meeting of the Council of Ministers on Monday in Ankara.
He commented on the situation of Syrian refugees and asylum seekers in Turkey.
“We are building 200,000 houses in 13 locations in Syria, with funding provided by international aid organizations, to resettle one million Syrian refugees who are in Turkey,” Erdogan said.
The President insisted that the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey will drop to a reasonable level if the necessary conditions for their voluntary return are ensured.
“Studies carried out by our institutions show that more than a million asylum seekers wish to return to Syria,” he added.
Furthermore, the President noted that the Turkish forces are effectively fighting against irregular migration.
“Since 2016, we have expelled more than 320,000 irregular migrants who entered our country through various means,” Erdogan concluded.
*Translated from Turkish by Nur Asena Ertürk
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