At least 145 undocumented migrants were held in southern Turkey on Monday, according to a security source.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said gendarmerie forces detained 145 migrants in Mugla province following a tip-off.
Among them were 141 Pakistanis, a Bangladeshi, a Nepalese and two Afghans, the source added.
The migrants, who illegally entered Turkey, were later sent to provincial migration authorities.
Turkey has been a main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, especially since the beginning of the civil war in Syria.
Over 4,000 migrants held in 3 months off Turkish coasts
A total of 4,214 undocumented migrants have been held in the past three months when they tried to cross the Turkish-Greece border using illegal routes, according to information based on official data.In January, provincial security forces, border guards and gendarmeries apprehended 1,634 people; in February the figure was 1,046 and in March 1,534 undocumented migrants were detained.Turkey has been a main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, especially since the beginning of the Syrian civil war.Over 130 undocumented migrants held across TurkeyOver 150 undocumented migrants held in southern TurkeyAmong the migrants held in the course of 2017, most came from Pakistan — around 15,000 — followed by around 12,000 Afghans. The number of Syrian migrants totaled around 10,000.There has been a 60 percent increase in the flow of migrants since 2016, when the number totaled 31,000.
At least 127 undocumented migrants held across Turkey
At least 127 undocumented migrants were held in Turkey’s Aegean and northwestern regions Sunday, according to security sources.The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media, said coastguard units detained 84 migrants in the Aegean province of Izmir.The migrants, including 39 Afghans, 39 Syrians and six Iraqis, were attempting to reach Greek islands in the Aegean Sea from Izmir’s Dikili and Foca districts by inflatable boats, said the sources.Two more suspects were held in Izmir for human trafficking.In Kirklareli province bordering Bulgaria, gendarmerie forces detained 23 undocumented migrants, said another security source.Eighteen more undocumented migrants, including Bangladeshis and Pakistanis, were held by Turkish police in the northwestern district of Tekirdag after they attempted to head towards the Turkish border with a minibus, said a source.The migrants were sent to the migration authorities in the provinces for legal proceedings of their deportation.
Among the migrants held in 2017 in Turkey, the majority came from Pakistan — around 15,000 — followed by Afghans at around 12,000. Syrians totaled about 10,000.