Syrian Refugee Update: 2.2 Million Refugees Cost Turkey $7.6 Billion [VIDEO]
According to a statement made by Turkish Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus recently, the country has spent $7.6 billion hosting to 2.2 million refugees.
The New York Times revealed this information via a Reuters report. Turkey has a long history of welcoming refugees and keeps an open door policy in this regard. While there is no definite period over which these expenses were incurred, the amount has been assessed as .9 percent of the country's annual economic output. Additionally, Syrian refugees now make for 3 percent of the Turkish population.
According to the Times, Turkey might have exhausted its ability to host Syrian refugees and that many of the refugees are risking their lives to swim to Europe.
"Our Coast Guard units have rescued 53,228 people, while 274 people have died (in Turkish waters)", Kurtulmus said.
Other magnanimous countries also seem to have reached their upper limit. Recently Germany reinstated its border controls to check the influx of refugees into the country.
A Daily Mail report reveals that the country has also suspended its Schengen agreement. It seems like the country might be up to capacity having been the only nation in Europe to have taken in the most number of refugees. The country had also done away with passport checks for this brief while.
The country's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere made the announcement and what these controls entails.
"At this moment Germany is temporarily introducing border controls again along [the EU's] internal borders. The focus will be on the border to Austria at first," he said. "The aim of these measures is to limit the current inflows to Germany and to return to orderly procedures when people enter the country."
He went on to add that Germany had already done a lot to help the refugees and they should now be careful about not going overboard with that:
"This step has become necessary. The great readiness to help that Germany has shown in recent weeks... must not be overstretched."