Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 3
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
A new structure for fighting illegal migration will be created at the ministry of internal affairs of Turkey, the country's Interior Minister Efkan Ala said, the Turkish TRT Haber TV channel reported.
The minister said that the ministry of internal affairs will appeal to the cabinet of ministers of Turkey for approval of the new structure.
It is also provided to increase penalties in order to fight illegal migration in Turkey, he said.
Currently, Turkey is hosting more than two million Syrian refugees on its territory. The Syrian refugee camps in the country accommodate about 300,000 people. The rest of them are spread across the provinces and cities of Turkey.
In Istanbul alone, there are currently 40,000 refugees from Syria. Ankara has so far spent $8 billion to upkeep the Syrian refugees.