“Nearly 92,280 Syrians, including children, have been granted citizenship. Among them, 47,000 Syrians are adults and 45,280 are children. Most of them are teachers, engineers and qualified people who can make their own living,” Süleyman Soylu told reporters at a news briefing.
He added that 547,000 Syrians were currently living in Istanbul.
“They have already been given the permission to live in Istanbul. We are not registering new ones. We only register university students or when they want to run a business or there is a health issue in question,” he said.
He added that only 7,000 Syrians have registered in Istanbul for humanitarian reasons since January.
“Over the last two to two-and-a-half years, about 8,000 FETÖ members crossed the Turkish border from Edirne to Greece,” Soylu said.
FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
Hurriyet Daily News