ANKARA – The Turkish Ministry Interior announced Saturday that some 295,000 Syrians have returned to their own country since Turkey in 2018.
At the same time, nearly 270,000 irregular migrants were arrested while attempting to cross the border illegally, and 55,894 of them were deported, the ministry said on its social network account.
Turkish Deputy Interior Minister Ismail Catakli said last Monday that more Syrians are expected to return to their country after Turkish military operations in Syria.
"We expect this number to increase further in the coming period as the situation develops (in Syria)," Catakli was quoted by the Anadolu News Agency as saying.
Turkey has been hosting a large number of refugees since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011. The number of Syrian refugees registered last October was about 3.59 million, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Refugees (UNHCR).