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Turkey grants citizenship to 76,000 Syrian refugees

ANKARA: As many as 76,000 Syrian refugees residing in Turkey were given citizenship.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that Turkey granted nearly 76,000 Syrian refugees citizenship of the country.

In an interview with Haberturk channel, Soylu said that 62 per cent of the Syrian refugees in Turkey had come from the northern governorates of Aleppo, Idlib, Raqqa and Hasaka.

According to figures from the Turkish government and UN Refugee Agency, there were over 3.6 million Syrian refugees registered in Turkey at the end of 2018; most aged between 18-56 years old.

Majority of those granted Turkish citizenship are professionals including doctors, academics and businessmen.