Lebanon's Syrian refugees are caught between a rock and a hard place. AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID
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The numbers of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Iraq fell in August, while the number in Turkey has risen to almost 2 million and asylum applications in Europe have leapt, the U.N. refugee agency said.The Syrian refugee count in Turkey has jumped by more than 200,000 since June, having risen by just 14,000 in the previous three months, UNHCR spokeswoman Selin Unal said. Unal said Turkish authorities were trying to stop people reaching Europe. Syrians who were found making their way through Turkey were stopped and registered as refugees. It could have been caused by Syrians who had been in Turkey for some time deciding to register as refugees.
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