As women, men and children who fled their countries to escape war, poverty or persecution process asylum applications and other documentation in Ankara, they are clear on one thing: home is hard to return to.
A large number of refugees in Ankara continue to go to great lengths to seek asylum in a number of countries.
Over the recent Eid holidays, thousands gathered at a small park in Ankara waiting for their turn to receive documentation and help with their cases.
"I found my wife and children hiding in the house, terrified. Then a rocket hit a house nearby and it affected my house too. It was very difficult but I had to flee, " says Ghulam Sarwar, who ran from fighting in his village in Afghanistan.
TRT World's Rahul Radhakrishnan reports from Ankara.