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Turkey tightens control on refugees
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Ankara, Sep 16 (TIWN) The Turkish government has decided to put new plans in place which will tighten control on millions of refugees in the country.

Authorities will halt the issue of new applications for temporary protection papers in capital Ankara, and prevent unregistered Syrians from residing in the city, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday citing officials as saying.     "This measure can also be extended to other big cities where refugees are regrouped in significant numbers," Interior Ministry Spokesman Ismail Catakli had said last week.  A source close to the matter told Xinhua that the government is "aware about the concerns in the society regarding refugees and is determined to address the issue with new measures".  This source who spoke on the condition of anonymity insisted that "greater control should be exerted on refugee communities, especially in big cities".  Turkey hosts some 3.6 million refugees who have fled the civil war in Syria for over a decade.  Half a million of migrants of other nationalities have also found refuge in Turkey.  The nation is also concerned about an exodus from Afghanistan following the country's takeover by the Taliban.

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