Rand Paul at Tuesday’s Republican debate in Las Vegas. (John Locher / AP)

During Tuesday’s GOP debate, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said “no one” in the Middle East is doing anything to accommodate the refugees fleeing war in the region. He must have missed Turkey, which has spent at least $7.6 billion caring for 2.2 million Syrians since the outbreak of civil war.

As Reuters reported on Sept. 18:

Turkey, which hosts the world’s largest refugee population, has so far spent $7.6 billion caring for 2.2 million Syrians who have fled strife there, a Turkish deputy prime minister said on Friday.

Turkey has been on the front lines of the biggest refugee crisis since World War Two. It shares a 900-km (566 miles) border with Syria and has adopted an “open-door policy” toward those fleeing the civil war, now in its fifth year.

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— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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