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10,000 irregular migrants held in Turkey this year

Turkey has been main route for refugees trying to cross to Europe since beginning of civil war in Syria

Ramazan Ercan   | 18.04.2019
10,000 irregular migrants held in Turkey this year

IZMIR 

Some 10,000 irregular migrants were rounded up off Turkey's Aegean Sea coast in the last three months, security sources said.

Coast guard units held 5,729 migrants. Six migrants lost their lives due to drowning or hypothermia and 15 human smugglers were arrested.

Also, 3,919 migrants and 82 human smugglers were held by the land forces.

All of the migrants were later referred to provincial migration directorates.

Last year, 6,336 irregular migrants were held in Turkey.

Turkey has been the main route for irregular migrants trying to cross to Europe, especially since 2011, the start of the Syrian civil war.

Over 265,000 irregular migrants were held in Turkey in 2018, according to the Interior Ministry.

*Writing by Gozde Bayar

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