Turkey: No funds from EU so far to upkeep Syrian refugees (exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 11
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey has not so far received three billion euros from the European Union to upkeep Syrian refugees, Turkey's presidential administration told Trend May 11.
"Instead of allocating the promised funds, the EU demands from Ankara to realize new social projects for the Syrian refugees in Turkey," added the presidential administration.
The administration also said the country has already spent around $10 billion to upkeep the Syrian refugees.
Earlier, Turkey's Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir said that by late February Ankara will get three billion euros allocated by the EU to upkeep the Syrian refugees in Turkey.
At present, over two million Syrian refugees are in Turkey. The Syrian refugee camps in the country accommodate about 300,000 people. The rest of them are spread throughout the provinces and cities of Turkey.
In Istanbul alone, there are currently 40,000 refugees from Syria.
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