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UNHCR appreciates Turkish government and people for hosting refugees

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(Geneva-AlummahWorld, Jumada al-ula 2, 1437, February 11, 2016) The United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR expresses its gratitude for the generosity shown by the Turkish authorities and people towards the Syrian refugees they have been hosting for the last five years.

UNHCR appreciates that Turkey is continuing to give access to humanitarian and medical cases despite the increasingly complex situation in northern Syria. In view of the recent displacement in Aleppo province and the extreme vulnerabilities, UNHCR is encouraging authorities to ensure a broader access to Turkish territory for all those in need of international protection in line with the long-standing Turkish open-border policy.

Turkey is already hosting over 2.5 million Syrians and shouldering the greatest responsibility in sheer numbers in this humanitarian international crisis. While UNHCR stands ready to assist authorities to manage and care for new arrivals of refugees, and has pre-positioned relief items in Turkey close to the Syrian border accordingly, far greater support is required to address the magnitude of needs. UNHCR is therefore also calling on the international community to swiftly and meaningfully increase support to Turkey.

Earlier on December 4 at Syria Donors conference in London, donor and host countries raised today more than US$6 billion and pledged continued support, protection and opportunities for more than 22.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance both inside Syria and across the region in 2016. In addition, over US$5 billion has been pledged for humanitarian and development programmes until 2020.

Co-hosted by the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the UN, the pledging conference mobilised important new and record funding for humanitarian and development needs for Syrians and neighbouring communities hosting them since 2011. Five years of brutal war in Syria have forced half of the Syrian population out of their homes, with over 4.5 million becoming refugees, most in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

Although focusing on humanitarian needs across the region, the two-day conference in London loudly underscored the urgency of ending the Syrian conflict and finding a political solution.