80,000 migrants stopped in Turkey in Jan-April 2019

Illegal crossings to EU down by 17.6%, says Ankara

02 May, 13:10

    Refugees fleeing Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh in Turkey Refugees fleeing Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh in Turkey

    ISTANBUL - Almost 80,000 migrants and refugees were detained by Turkish authorities in the first four months of 2019 while trying to illegally cross borders to get to Europe via sea or land. Turkish interior ministry figures show that among the 79,002 intercepted from January 1 to April 25, most were Afghans (32,942), followed by Pakistanis (11,691), and Syrians (6,432). The ministry also found that those managing to reach the EU from Turkey in 2019 had dropped by 17.6% compared with the same period of the previous year, dropping from 6,864 to 8,332. A sharp drop was also seen for mostly Syrian nationals transiting through Turkey (-55%). Repatriation rose by 79% for Pakistanis and 70% for Afghans.

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