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Can Syrian refugees in Turkey benefit from amendment to citizenship law?

The Turkish decision to ease some requirements to apply for Turkish citizenship will not help a large number of Syrian refugees in Turkey as they cannot meet the conditions required.
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ALEPPO, Syria — The Turkish government issued Sept. 19 a decision to amend the eligibility requirements for foreigners applying for Turkish citizenship. The amendment includes several encouraging provisions for investors and expats to apply for citizenship.

The decision sparked wide controversy among Syrian refugees in Turkey, as some consider the requirements impossible to meet and believe they target businessmen and investors, who only constitute a small fraction of Syrian refugees residing in Turkey.

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