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Turkey will continue efforts for the safe return of Syrian refugees


500,000 people have returned to the areas of Syria that Turkey cleared of the terrorist organization YPG-PKK. Ankara will continue to fight this group, which prevents the return of Syrian civilians to their homes.

This was stated by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at the first International Migration Review Forum, held May 17-20 at the UN Headquarters in New York

According to him, Ankara is currently working on a plan that “will facilitate the safe and voluntary return of 1 million Syrians.”

In his speech, the diplomat recalled that migration is a global problem and called for “active international cooperation” to solve it. “Migration requires a global and sustainable approach. Voluntary, safe and dignified return [беженцев] should be encouraged. More importantly, we must address the root causes of migration,” the Turkish Foreign Minister said.

Cavusoglu noted that Turkey is pursuing its migration policy in accordance with the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. “We are actively involved in all initiatives aimed at protecting the dignity and ensuring the well-being of migrants,” he said.

The Minister said that since 2014, Turkey has received the largest number of refugees in the world. He added that after the start of the armed conflict in Ukraine, another 145,000 people found shelter in Turkish territory.

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