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Turkey to build new refugee camps in face of massive influx

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) is planning to build a new refugee camp in the southern town of Kilis

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Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) is planning to build a new refugee camp in the southern town of Kilis, in order to accommodate for the ongoing influx of Syrian refugees, reports Turkish news site Hürriyet Daily.

“Such a refugee inflow scares us. That would create a huge risk on our side, even though we have existing capabilities,” officials told Hürriyet Daily News.

AFAD Chairman Fuat Oktay confirmed the making of the new camp in Kilis, saying “In fact, we are not very keen to announce such new camps because it would be regarded as encouraging Syrians to leave their homes even if there is no need.”

Turkey has been a host for approximately 2 million Syrians escaping the war, while another 100,000 are expected to cross through after impending Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacks.

The new camp will have a capacity of 55,000 refugees crossing the border.