On Tuesday, Turkish security forces arrested 126 irregular migrants in the western states of Izmir and Karaklareli.
The gendarmerie command in the Urla and Dikeli regions of Izmir launched a security operation to apprehend irregular immigrants, during which it managed to apprehend 118 immigrants with nationalities of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Yemen, Syria and Pakistan.
The migrants were transferred to the state’s immigration department to complete legal procedures against them, while 5 people were arrested on suspicion of being involved in migrant smuggling.
In the western province of Karklareli, Turkish security forces arrested 8 irregular migrants who entered the country illegally.
The migrants, with Afghan citizenship, entered the country from Bulgaria after the Bulgarian authorities pushed them towards Turkey after confiscating their valuables.
The immigrants were transferred to the state’s immigration department to complete legal procedures against them.
In another context, the Turkish authorities returned 377 Afghan immigrants who had entered Turkey illegally.
The number of Afghan immigrants returned by the authorities since the beginning of this year has risen to 12,899, while the total number of immigrants who have been sent to their country has reached 26,762.