Syrian refugees warm themselves around a fire in Hacibayram district of Ankara November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Syrian refugees across the Middle East, some in exile for a fourth winter, face freezing temperatures, hunger and increasing hostility from locals as governments struggle to cope with the humanitarian crisis.Lebanon and Jordan are tightening their borders to stem the flow of those trying to escape while in Turkey, widely praised for hosting around half of Syria's estimated 3.2 million refugees, the influx threatens to upset the country's social balance.Such hostility between locals and refugees is growing across the region.As many as 100,000 Syrians have returned from Jordan rather than face discrimination and destitution, according to the United Nations.Some 225,000 refugees in Turkey are currently housed in overflowing government-run camps, and temporary legislation passed by the government last month will, if enforced, give legal protection to refugees.A registration drive has reached an estimated 1.2 million refugees in Turkey, but half a million more remain outside the system, with some refusing to sign up, fearing it could hamper later efforts to seek asylum in Europe.
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