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Turkey Orders Thousands of Syrian Refugees to Leave Istanbul

People stand outside at a tent camp of families, who fled from the Jinderes district in Syria, in Reyhanli, Turkey on on Feb. 18, 2018.

People stand outside at a tent camp of families, who fled from the Jinderes district in Syria, in Reyhanli, Turkey on on Feb. 18, 2018.

Photographer: Cem Genco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Turkey, home to the largest refugee population in the world, announced measures on Monday to limit the number of Syrian migrants in its largest city, Istanbul.

The governor’s office in Istanbul ordered Syrian refugees initially registered in other cities to return there by Aug. 20 or face forcible transfer. An estimated 200,000 of the more than half a million Syrian refugees in Istanbul were registered elsewhere.