Turkey currently hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced an open-door policy for those fleeing the conflict.(AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)
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Turkey is to take "drastic measures" to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into its biggest city Istanbul, including forcibly sending them to camps in the southeast, the city's top official said Wednesday.Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu said that there were now 67,000 Syrian refugees in the city and legislation would now be adopted that could see them effectively expelled from the city of 15 million to refugee camps closer to Syria. Although refugees living in Istanbul are "much more qualified" than those living elsewhere in Turkey, those begging in the street are disturbing other parts of the Syria refugee community, Mutlu claimed.
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