Turkey deports 324 Afghans in anti-illegal immigration sweep

ERZURUM, TURKEY - APRIL 05 : Immigrants are seen at a police station in Erzurum, Turkey on April 05, 2018. Illegal immigrants are brought to Provincial Directorates Of Migration Management for the registration or deportation processes. Number of illegal immigrants caught in Turkey's Erzurum reach 13,400, approximately three times more than last year's statistics. Mostly Afghan and Pakistani people flee from their countries for unemployment and terror reasons, using any possible way into Turkey. Illegal immigrants get caught up in situations where they are dropped off from trucks, buses, minibuses, cabs and automobiles on the highways by the human traffickers they have paid for in different cities of Turkey's Eastern Anatolia Region before even reaching their destinations. Fahrettin Gok / Anadolu Agency

Turkey has deported 324 undocumented Afghan migrants during operations combatting illegal migration carried out in the country’s Aegean provinces, the Hürriyet Daily News reported on Sunday, citing the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Three hundred twenty-four undocumented Afghan nationals who were rounded up in the Aegean province of İzmir have been deported.

Police also detained 49 undocumented Syrian migrants in Balıkesir province, whose coastal districts provide the main transit routes used by migrants to go to Greece, particularly to Lesbos Island.

Coast guard units in addition captured 38 Syrians who were attempting to cross into Greece from the Mediterranean resort province of Antalya.

The migrants, including women and children, were sent to regional immigration centers.

Turkey has been the main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, especially since the beginning of a civil war in Syria in 2011.

Hundreds of Afghan migrants were deported from Turkey in April, with plans in place to repatriate some 3,000 Afghans currently sheltering in the eastern Turkish province of Erzurum.

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