UNHCR Turkey Syrian Daily Sitrep 18 Feb 2013
On 15 Feb 2013, the Government Agency for Disaster Management AFAD reported that the total number of Syrians registered in 17 camps in Turkey is 182,621 persons including 167 Syrians who are undergoing medical treatment in hospitals. The estimated number of non-camp Syrians in Turkey is estimated to be minimum 100,000 people, bringing the total population of Syrians in Turkey falling within the temporary protection regime to be 282,621 people.
During the 24 hrs. of 14-15 Feb 1,168 Syrians were admitted from the borders while 206 Syrians returned to Syria voluntarily.
On 15 Feb 2013, UNHCR Field Team visited the tent site newly opened in Adana-Saricam. Although it had not yet been fully completed, the authorities started to receive people who were transferred some of those who were temporarily accommodated in communal areas in Nizip town. As of 15 Feb. 2013, some 1,470 Syrians were accommodated and about a few hundreds were expected to be moved in during the weekend.
It was reported by the camp officials that another camp is planned in the region and relevant officials are seeking available land in Mersin district. As of reporting date, two camps are under construction, two more camps are planned and Islahiye is planned to be expanded.
During the meetings with the local authorities, UNHCR Field teams were assured by authorities that the Government of Turkey will continue to keep its open border policy to the Syrians seeking international protection and that it expects the UN's support to the Government of Turkey be increased .