After eight years of Syrian refugee influx into Turkey, the country's attitude towards them has turned sour. As a result, the Government wants Syrians to live in the provinces that they are officially registered in, and seek permits if they want to go to other provinces.
Syrian refugees in Turkey are being detained and reportedly deported back to Syria in the past month. According to observers, anti-refugee sentiment in the country is rising, in the country that once welcomed Syrians fleeing from civil war.
The UN on Wednesday urged warring parties in Syria to allow basic health service deliveries to tens of thousands of increasingly desperate Syrians trapped in the desert near the Jordanian border. UNICEF said that two Syrian babies died near the Rukban border crossing over the past 48 hours.
Syrian refugees living in Turkey are returning home by the thousands for Eid al-Adha, and the border crossing facilities are working overtime to facilitate the process. The director of public relations and information in Bab al-Hawa crossing said that over 30,000 Syrians had crossed in the past week.
More than 6,500 companies founded or co-founded by Syrians have been registered in Turkey since the 2011 start of Syrian civil war. Gaziantep alone has 1,250 companies owned by Syrians registered in their Chamber of Commerce as of 2018.