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Turkey seized 235 thousand irregular migrants in 8 months

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Directorate General of Immigration Department of the Turkish Ministry of Interior, seized 235 thousand irregular migrants during their attempt to cross into Europe, during the first 8 months of this year.

In a statement on Thursday, the Directorate pointed to the increase in the number of migrants wishing to cross into Europe through Turkey illegally because of conflicts, wars and economic crises in their countries.

The number of irregular migrants caught in Turkey increased during the first 8 months of 2019, reaching 235,000 from 158,000, she said.

The Turkish authorities have raised their security measures on land and at sea to the highest levels to prevent Turkey from becoming a transit route for irregular migrants.

Thanks to the measures, the number of migrants arriving by land in EU countries since the beginning of this year has dropped to 4,000 from 10,000 in the same period in 2018.

However, the number of migrants who crossed into Europe from the sea increased from 18,000 to 24,000.

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