56 percent of Syrian migrants in Turkish province want to return home: survey

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A Syrian woman and her children walk on a street near shops in Gaziantep, in the south-west province of Turkey, on May 1, 2018. - In the Turkish city of Gaziantep, home to around half a million Syrians who fled the civil war south of the border, hundreds of Syrian businesses are thriving in a boost both for the displaced community and their host country. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP)

According to a survey conducted in Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep, 56 percent of Syrian migrants living there want to return home if conditions in Syria normalize, the Diken news website reported.

Thirteen percent of them want to go to another country.

The Gaziantep University survey asked 79 questions to 1,824 Syrian migrants residing in Gaziantep’s 190 districts.

The study indicates that 3.6 percent have acquired Turkish citizenship and that 9 percent are in the process of acquiring it; however, 35.9 percent of Syrian migrants do not want to apply for citizenship in Turkey.

While the average age of Syrians in Gaziantep is around 36, some 83 percent of them are below the age of 50. The average number of children in Syrian families is 4.2, and 3.7 percent of families have 10 or more children.

More than 30 percent of the houses where Syrians live host more than one family, and 97.8 of Syrians are renters.

Sixty percent of the Syrians residing in the city do not work, whereas only 62 percent of working Syrian migrants have permanent jobs and 8.8 percent have their own business. A total of 89.1 percent of Syrians in the city do not have a car.

Turkey hosts more than 3.5 million Syrian migrants who fled their country after the civil war started in 2011.

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