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A Syrian exodus: Some 30,000 refugees return home after Turkey's earthquake

The UN's refugee agency stresses that Syrian refugees who visit their homeland can return to Turkey later.
Turkey quake refugee

ANKARA — Turkish authorities estimated this week that more than 30,000 Syrian refugees have returned to their home country following the two devastating earthquakes that struck southern Turkey and northern Syria, but the UN's refugee agency told Al-Monitor that their right to return should remain unhindered under legal protection status.

Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Thursday that the temblors have unleashed a Syrian exodus from Turkey. “Syrian nationals are returning to their country. The number was initially at 10,000. We’ve now learned that the number has reached 30,000 and it keeps increasing,” Akar said. 

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