When the number of refugees coming in from Syria reached the 100,000 psychological threshold, the Prime Ministry decided to take further action, bringing new measures to the table. As a result, the Prime Ministry reached a decision to set up additional camps in order to accommodate the consistent influx of Syria nationals.
Three new camps, named the Akçakale 2, Nizip 2 and Harran will soon be ready to accommodate additional refugees. The new camp to be set up in Akçakale will be able to accommodate 11,000 and the second Nizip camp is planned for 5,000, which means these two new camps alone will be able to accommodate an additional 16,000 people. As for the camp in Harran, which will be set up from containers previously used to accommodate victims of the Van earthquake, the full capacity the container camp will be able to accommodate has yet to be determined. However, prime ministry sources do state that when all three camps are set up in total they will be able to accommodate an additional 30,000 people.
A 400 MILLION TL BILL
Both the tent and container camps provide refugees with shelter, food, medical services, security, social activities, education, religious services and translation, communication and banking services. The camps in Turkey contain schools, a mosque, trade, police and health centers, a press briefing unit, children's play areas, television viewing units and are equipped with water depots, treatment facilities, power distribution units and generators.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES EACH CAMP ACCOMODATE?
According to Prime Ministry data, the distribution of Syrian refuges in Turkey is as follows: 12,081 in Hatay, Gaziantep's three tent camps accommodate a total 17,569 people with the İslahiye camp's 7,744, Karkamış's 6,769 and Nizip's 3,066. There are 12,803 refugees staying in Kilis, Şanlıurfa accommodates 31,252, Kahramanmaraş is sheltering 15,062 people, Osmaniye holds 8,132 and in Adıyaman there are a total 4,227 Syrian refugees.
This is a translation of an article originally written by Yahya Bostan.