Migrants: over 5,000 apprehended in Turkey in 7 days

Ankara, '389 intercepted at sea, 136 traffickers arrested'

12 March, 11:44

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, MARCH 12 - Turkish authorities have apprehended over the past week a total of 5,371 migrants and refugees who were trying to illegally cross the borders with the European Union or to enter the country, the Turkish interior ministry has said. They included 389 who were intercepted at sea, it said.

    The ministry also said that 136 suspected human traffickers were arrested.

    Since a deal between the EU and Turkey two years ago, the number of migrants and refugees reaching EU countries, mainly Greece, from Turkey has sharply declined by a few thousands for a daily average of just a few dozens. (ANSAmed).

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