Turkey stemming flow of irregular migrants to Europe
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Turkey's security measures against irregular migration have yielded positive results, the Interior Ministry said on May 1.
According to data from the Directorate General of Migration Management, the number of irregular migrants crossing to Europe via Turkish waters and land fell by 17.6 percent to 6,864 in the first four months of 2019 compared with 8,332 in the same period of the previous year.
The data suggested that a total of 79,002 irregular migrants comprising 32,942 Afghans, 11,691 Pakistanis, 6,432 Syrians, and other origins were held between Jan. 1 and April 25.
The number of Afghan-origin migrants transiting from Turkey to Europe fell by 14 percent and Syrian-origin migrants by 55 percent.
On another note, the total number of irregular migrants in Turkey decreased by 2.44 percent compared with the same period of the previous year.
Meanwhile, the number of deported migrants from Afghanistan increased by 70 percent and Pakistan by 79 percent, and others rose by 34 percent compared with the same period of the previous year.