Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, who is special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), will meet with Syrian refugees and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey's southeastern province of Mardin.
Jolie arrived in Mardin,Turkey and spent Friday night in the southeastern city. She will be accompanied by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during her visit to the refugee camps on Saturday.
In 2011, Jolie visited Syrian refugee camps in the Turkish provinces of Gaziantep and Hatay. This will be the Jolie’s second visit to Turkish refugee camps.
When Jolie visited the refugee camps in 2011, there were only about 10,000 refugees in Turkey. Now in 2015, the country is hosting over 2 million refugees and their numbers are expected to swell due to ongoing conflict in the middle east.
According to a UNHCR report Turkey hosts the most refugees in the world. Turkey now hosts over 2 million refugees, more than any other country on earth, and has spent $ 5.6 billion to accommodate Syrian refugees.
The UNHCR report also says that Syria was "the world's biggest producer of both internally displaced people [7.6 million] and refugees [3.88 million] at the end of 2014."
Turkey has an open-door policy for Syrian refugees yet does not receive sufficient assistance from the international community.
When Jolie first visited the refugee camps in Turkey she praised the country and said the government of Turkey and the Turkish Red Crescent have shown tremendous generosity to the thousands of people fleeing Syria.