UN refugee chief in Syria region and refugee numbers revised upward in Turkey

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High Commissioner António Guterres meets a Syrian refugee family during his visit today to Turkey’s Nizip Camp.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres is visiting the region neighbouring Syria this week.

Over the past couple of days, Mr. Guterres has been in Turkey, visiting refugees in urban areas and camps in the Gazantiep region.

His visit coincided with the revision of the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey as officials there began registering Syrian refugees living outside refugee camps and in urban settings.

UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva, Adrian Edwards has more.

"Previously it had included in its official figures only those refugees living in the 17-government run camps – numbering some 186,000 people. Forty-thousand refugees in urban areas have been registered to date under the new policy with a further 30,000 waiting for appointments to register. A consequence is that the number of registered refugees in Turkey is being revised upwards by some 70,000 people and now stands at 258,200." (27")

Adrian Edwards stresses that this increase is due to registration of Syrians already in Turkey not an increase in the number of Syrians crossing the border into Turkey.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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