Nearly 50 irregular migrants held in Turkey
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
At least 48 irregular migrants were held across Turkey, security sources said on Feb. 24.
In the northwestern province of Edirne, 22 irregular migrants were held in Eskiköy district by gendarmerie forces, said a security source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
Security forces arrested one alleged human smuggler.
All migrants were later referred to provincial migration directorates.
Turkey has been the main route for refugees trying to cross to Europe, especially since 2011, when the Syrian civil war began.
Some 265,000 irregular migrants were held in Turkey in 2018, according to the Interior Ministry.
The irregular migrants were mostly Afghan, Pakistani, Syrian and Iraqi nationals.