Doubts have surfaced about the accuracy of figures given by officials regarding the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey, with a prominent opposition figure claiming that there are also 1.5 million unregistered Syrians in the country. Syrians who sought refuge in Turkey were permitted entry without any registration at the border until late 2013.
Since the civil war began in Syria, more than 1.5 million people from Syria have unofficially entered and are wandering around Turkey, Erdal Aksünger, an expert in informatics and top advisor to the main opposition party, told the Özgür Düşünce daily. The official number of Syrians registered in Turkey is currently around 2.7 million, according to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
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