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‘Syrians living in Turkey to have a chance to become citizens’

Roughly 2.7 million Syrians who fled the Syrian civil war are being sheltered at camps inside of Turkey.

FILE: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Picture: AFP.

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that millions of Syrians living in Turkey will have a chance to become citizens of the country.

Speaking in the Turkish-Syrian border town of Kilis, which hosts 120,000 refugees, Erdogan said steps to facilitate the process are being put into place by the Interior Minister.

Roughly 2.7 million Syrians who fled the Syrian civil war are being sheltered at camps inside of Turkey.

Erdogan said refugees will be given a chance to acquire citizenship through offices being set up by the ministry.

He said Syrians had been prevented from governing themselves by puppet organsations like Islamic State and also Kurdish militants.

The conflict in Syria has now driven over four million people to seek refuge in other countries, making it the largest refugee crisis for a quarter of a century.