September 4, 2014 -
Officials from Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) have successfully managed to complete the biometric registration of 740,000 of some 1.1 million displaced Syrians in Turkey, according to a report by Daily Sabah.
The biometric registration process will help Turkey to more effectively monitor the displaced Syrians and ultimately address any of their issues.
In an AFAD-hosted meeting held on September 2, the country’s deputy governors met to discuss the issues arising from displaced Syrians.
Daily Sabah reported that according to AFAD officials, there are 220,000 Syrian “guests” currently living in 22 facilities across Turkey. Government officials and local authorities met last week to resolve issues displaced Syrians faced after the unrest emerged in several cities against Syrians.
Most of these displaced Syrians are not living in state-provided camps. The more wealthy Syrians have purchased or leased houses in larger cities while impoverished Syrians are resorting to panhandling, working low-paying jobs, or crime, to survive.