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Over 113,000 Syrian immigrants gain right to vote in Turkish elections

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A Turkish migration official said the country now had more than 113,000 Syrians who could vote in Turkish elections.

Gokce Ok, Director of Compliance and Communication of the Migration Administration of Turkey, said in a public debate that a total of 200,950 Syrians were granted Turkish citizenship.

According to him, about 113,654 of them are over the age of 18 and have the right to cast their ballots in Turkey’s elections.

The migration authorities said Turkey hosted the highest number of Syrian refugees in the world.

There are 3,763,211 Syrians under temporary protection status, the official said, explaining that they had been given this status on the prediction that they would return to their homeland.

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Turkey is currently battling a refugee crisis that had caused social and economic woes in the country.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently announced that the government planned the voluntary return of one million Syrians to their homeland.

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