Nearly 900 undocumented migrants captured in Turkey
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Security forces captured a total of 899 undocumented migrants in Turkey, according to a statement from the Turkish General Staff on April 1.
The statement said Turkish border guards rounded up 641 migrants trying to illegally enter Turkey from Syria.
It added that security forces captured 123 more migrants attempting to illegally enter Turkey from Iran. During that interception, 111 kilograms of illegal drugs were also seized along with the migrants, according to the statement.
Another 135 migrants were seized while trying to illegally enter Greece from Turkey, the statement added.
Turkey has become a key route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, particularly since the start of the civil war in Syria.
Some 7,000 undocumented migrants were taken into custody by the Turkish authorities in the eastern province of Erzurum in the first 75 days of 2018, according to figures from the Erzurum Migration Management General Directorate released in March.