Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 14
By Orkhan Guluzade – Trend:
Turkey's population, taking into account refugees from Syria, has exceeded 80 million people, Director of the Migration Service under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkey Atilla Toros said, the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper reported Jan.14.
He said that 2.503 million Syrian refugees currently reside on the territory of Turkey.
The country's population amounted to 77.695 million people as of December 31, 2014, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute.
In Turkey, in addition to Syrian refugees, there are refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan, the number of which exceeds 137,000 people.
Earlier, Fatma Sahin, Turkish former minister for family and social policy, said that Syrian refugees won’t leave Turkey, even if the war is over in their motherland.
She said all the conditions have been created to accommodate Syrian refugees in Turkey.
The majority of Syrian refugees have already adapted to life in Turkey, added Sahin.
Ankara has so far spent $8 billion to upkeep the Syrian refugees.
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