Ankara, July 10: The civil war in Syria has made the life of local people unbearable there. The daily bloodshed has brought everyday terror for the people over there. They now want to migrate for a better shelter in neighbor states, including Turkey. Now Turkey has decided to grant citizenship to a total of 7,000 highly qualified Syrians. Turkey has been working on this for several months.
The preparatory work on the issue was completed two weeks ago. The executive order regarding this was presented in a cabinet meeting to do the final sign. Once the signature will be complete, they would publish the initial list.
Interior Ministry data of Turkey shows the number of Syrians in Turkey is close to three million. Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) is running 26 camps where 10% of the refugees are living. Rest of them are dispersed in different provinces.
Between 2010 and 2017, 12,000 Syrians were granted citizenship. Now the citizenship will be granted to them “will not create a security problem”. The probable list was cross checked to review it in terms of “national security,” public security” and “criminal records.” The Syrians who are approved by both intelligence teams and police are still on the list.