Over 3,000 migrants found offshore Turkey in September
Turkish security forces in September took the highest number of migrants into custody since October 2016, according to Coast Guard Command figures, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
Coast guards found 3,408 migrants offshore Turkey in September and 15,470 were held in custody over the last nine months.
Turkish security forces on the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Seas regularly find migrants illegally travelling en route to Europe, risking death in the process, the Coast Guard Command told the agency.
This year, security forces found 756 people in January and 719 people in February.
The number doubled in March to 1,501 and 1,551 others were detained in April.
These numbers rose dramatically in August to 2,668 before rising to over 3,400 in September.