World Bulletin / News Desk
Speaking in Turkey’s southern province of Sanliurfa, Interior Ministry General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs manager, Sinan Guner said.
“The citizenship process of a total of 35,000 Syrians has finished now,” Guner said. He said a further 15,000 applications were being reviewed, mostly children.
According to Interior Ministry figures, over 12,000 other Syrians have been given Turkish citizenship so far.
Ministry figures also show Turkey hosts around three million Syrian refugees.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled to neighboring countries and to some European states since civil war in Syria erupted in March 2011.
Guner said the Syrians who would be granted citizenship had been selected according to certain criteria, particularly those with skills who could contribute to Turkey.