While Turkey is known as the world’s highest refugee-hosting country for hosting 3.7 million Syrian refugees, this is only the most recent page in the country’s history with migrants in need.

Turkey and its predecessor, Ottoman Empire, has for centuries been the scene of a mass influx of victims of war, internal conflict and religious or cultural oppression.

“Turkey is regarded as a stable country, compared to others in the region. In comparison to the societies of other refugee-hosting countries, migrants are in harmony with the Turkish community, ‘social acceptance’ level for newcomers to feel comfortable and secure,” said

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