Turkey Considering Granting Citizenship to Qualified Syrian Refugees - Erdogan

© AP Photo / Lefteris PitarakisFile photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Syrian refugees burst into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria cross into Turkey
File photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Syrian refugees burst into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria cross into Turkey - Sputnik International
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Turkey currently considers the possibility to grant the country's citizenship to the Syrian refugees currently being in Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

A UNHCR worker stands as workers carry humanitarian aid to a Syrian-bound truck at a UN transhipment hub at Cilvegozu in Reyhanli near the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay on November 28, 2016 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkish authorities are currently considering the possibility to grant the country's citizenship to the refugees from the crisis-torn Syria, who are currently in Turkey and have a high-level experience and qualification, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

"Among the people living within our borders are some with high levels of education, experience and means. Treating these people otherwise would mean a betrayal of humanitarian values. There are people who will make a great contribution to our country. Our interior minister is now working to grant citizenship to these people," Erdogan said, as quoted by the Turkish Minute media outlet.

Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in a civil war, following the protests that had turned violent, as part of the so-called Arab Spring. During the conflict, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed and millions more have been displaced.

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at the moment there are more than 4.8 million of refugees from the war-torn Middle Eastern nation, while 2.8 million of them are currently in Turkey.

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