With four million refugees, Turkey sustains its status of being the country that hosts the largest number of refugees in the world, says Selin Unal, spokesperson of UN agency for refugees in Turkey.
Turkey continues to host about four million refugees, the largest number of refugees anywhere in the world, a spokesperson of UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Turkey said on Friday.
Selin Unal said that it is hard to express Turkey's generosity and hospitality, in an interview with Anadolu Agency.
“Turkey has protected its position as the country that hosts the largest refugee population in the world by hosting about four million people in need of international protection in 2019," she said.
Turkey has retained the title for the last six years, she said.
About 80 million displaced globally
She said Turkey deserves respect, support and solidarity, adding the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide has doubled in the past 10 years due to wars, conflicts and persecutions.
She said two-thirds of the displaced people around the world are from Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Myanmar.
"85 percent of refugees migrate to either developing countries or neighbouring countries," Unal said.
Covid-19 impact on refugees
Unal said the coronavirus outbreak has threatened the refugee population.
"Turkey has an inclusive approach in the fight against the outbreak that protects the refugees as well and this is a very important issue for success in the struggle," she said.
Unal said the outbreak dragged all refugees around the world, especially Syrians, to a more desperate situation.
The UN official called for more humanitarian assistance for the refugees.