Er­do­gan: Syr­ian refugees could be­come Turk­ish citizens

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Syr­ian refugees liv­ing in Turkey could even­tu­ally be granted Turk­ish cit­i­zen­ship, Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan has sig­nalled, a plan that has sparked con­tro­versy at home.

“I want to an­nounce some good news,” me­dia quoted Er­do­gan as say­ing late Saturday at a din­ner to break the Ra­madan fast in Kilis prov­ince, on the Syr­ian bor­der.

“We are go­ing to help our Syr­ian friends in of­fer­ing them the chance, if they want it, to ac­quire Turk­ish na­tion­al­ity.”

The in­te­rior min­istry will shortly an­nounce how the cit­i­zen­ship pro­ce­dure would work, Er­do­gan said.

He did not spec­ify whether all of the 2.7 mil­lion Syr­i­ans that Turkey is host­ing would be able to ap­ply, and gave no de­tails on el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria or how long the process would take.

“We re­gard you as our broth­ers and sis­ters - you are not far from your home­land, but only from your homes and your land,” Er­do­gan told a group of Syr­ian refugees in Kilis.

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