Why Turkey is closing down Syrian refugee camps

The Turkish government has been systematically closing down Syrian refugee camps, citing high costs and integration problems, but are those the real reasons?

The Elbeyli refugee camp is seen near the Turkish-Syrian border in Kilis province, Turkey, Dec. 1, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Since late 2018, Turkey has been closing down its refugee camps built for Syrians escaping the war-torn country. The Turkish government cites the high costs of the camps and the integration problems of Syrians to justify its decision. However, according to experts and human right activists, the real reason is different.

Turkey has closed six refugee camps in Gaziantep, Adiyaman and Kilis. Syrian

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