President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid a visit to the Eyüp Girls' Anatolian Religious Vocational High School in Istanbul on Friday and was pleasantly when he saw a group of special guests in the school: Syrian refugee children.
Saying that he kept his promise to visit the school, he wished life-long academic success to the students of the institution.
Speaking to the students of the high school, he said "Here you have your Syrian friends. I believe wholeheartedly that you see them as your guests and siblings here. I wish that all of you will have success in your academic and personal lives and I will be following closely the success and developments to come."
The entire Syrian refugee population in Turkey now outnumbers the population of all provinces except Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Bursa. A relatively small portion of Syrian refugees in Turkey are in refugee camps while 2,450,000 of them are living in cities.
Hosting almost half of the 4.2 million displaced Syrians in the region over the past three years, Turkey has borne the largest share of the refugee burden.
Contributing nearly $9 billion to humanitarian aid during the ongoing Syrian crisis, Turkey's aid for Syrian refugees has been 20 times more than the aid received from international organizations, according to the Prime Ministry Disaster & Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).
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