In his speech within the meetings of the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71), currently held in New York, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, declared that his country had begun the first phase of naturalizing the Syrians residing within its territory. And that became after having undertaken numerous modifications and enacting laws pertaining to grant the Syrians work permits in different sectors.
President Erdogan also talked about the size of expenses spent by the Turkish government in order to meet all the living needs of the refugees, adding that the expenses amounted to 12 billion USD, while the aid received by Turkey from the countries amounted to only 512 million USD.
He, President Erdogan, continued in this context saying: "We do not want to make the camps an inevitable fate for Syrian refugees. There are nearly 300 thousand, of the 3 million refugees, living in the camps, while the rest are living in houses, and they rely on themselves to secure their needs. And in order to ease that for them, we gave them permissions to work and now we started a naturalizing phase."
President Erdogan defended his country's position on the Syrian refugees again by confirming more than once that his country has no regrets what so ever for giving the Syrians the opportunity to work in the country. And that the leadership in Turkey is fully aware of the risks and social problems that may result from the work of the Syrians, saying that the government always tries to find the effective solutions for these issues to avoid and prevent aggravation.