Erdogan Says Turkey Preparing New Project To Voluntary Return 1m Syrian Refugees

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said his country is working on a new project that will allow the voluntary return of 1 million Syrians back to their country.

Erdogan said during a speech to inaugurate a housing project in Syria’s Idlib province that 500,000 Syrian refugees living in Turkey have voluntarily returned since 2016.

Erdogan said that 57,306 of 77,000 houses have been completed so far for the refugees. “These houses were built in coordination with Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and with the help of some NGOs,” Erdogan added.

“We are making efforts to make possible the return of the Syrian refugees voluntarily back to their country, but at the same time we remain our doors open to enable the oppressed to save their lives and dignity,” Erdogan added.

Erdogan added that Turkey supports the ongoing migration strategy with projects of construction of briquette houses in Azez, Jarablus, El bab, Tel Abyad, and Ras al-Ayn as steps to help the voluntary return of the refugees.

The Turkish Interior Ministry said that four million Syrian refugees are living in Turkey, with nearly 175,000 receiving Turkish citizenship.

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