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Syrians ordered to leave Istanbul for registered cities

Turkey’s interior ministry says the country will not become a centre for illegal migration.

Turkey hosts more than 3.5 million Syrians, who have been arriving since war began eight years ago.

But refugees in Istanbul now have an August 20 deadline to return to the Turkish province they are registered in.

Those unregistered will be sent to camps near the Syrian border.

Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu explains why.