Turkey has shown the world how generous a society it can be by hosting 3 million Syrian refugees, a U.N. representative said on Friday.
"Our secretary general has mentioned many times that Turkey is an example. Hosting 3 million refugees is a tremendous strain, but it is a show of generosity," Irena Vojackova-Sollorano, the U.N. resident coordinator and the U.N. Development Programme resident representative for Turkey since December last year, said to Anadolu Agency (AA).
"We wish that other countries would show such generosity, as well," she added.
Vojackova-Sollorano also detailed the Turkey-U.N. projects in the country, explaining: "We are supporting the government, municipalities and the regions dealing with the challenges of actually hosting around 3 million refugees. Not only to take care of the refugees, but also taking care of the housing municipalities, which is our big concern because the Turkish people have shown incredible generosity."
Vojackova-Sollorano said the U.N. was also supporting refugees in Turkey in the two big issues of education and employment.
Through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the agency supports schooling for children as well as for adults, she added.
"So, it is the education of the Turkish language, which is the absolute key for refugees to find employment and to be able to integrate into society," she added.
According to the latest data from the country's higher education board, the number of Syrian students in Turkey has risen to 15,000 from the 600 of five years ago.
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