Syrian refugees cross into Lebanon through the Masnaa border crossing, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Thousands of Syrians have been scurrying to Turkey in recent days before a decision by Ankara that will require them to obtain visas goes into effect Friday.Turkey's Foreign Ministry announced the unprecedented visa requirements for Syrians on Dec. 30, about one month after EU states offered Ankara financial and other incentives in exchange for it discouraging migrants from traveling to Europe.The deal included 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) to Turkey's government, easier travel visa requirements for Turks, and a revival of talks for Turkey to join the EU. Lebanon hosts more than 1 million Syrian refugees who mostly live in makeshift camps on the eastern and northern border, while Turkey hosts more than 2 million.
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