Turkish interior minister vows to send 50,000 illegal migrants from Istanbul

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on Saturday said that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was hard at work to cleanse Istanbul from illegal migrants and a total of 50,000 would be sent home by the end of the year.

“Last year, 4,500 irregular and illegal migrants were sent home from Istanbul. This year, we will send 50,000. Nobody will see Istanbul as an illegal migration centre,‘’ moderate Islamist Karar newspaper quoted Soylu as saying on Saturday during a meeting with local businessmen in Istanbul’s Eyüpsultan district.

Turkey hosts large communities of Afghans, Pakistanis and Iraqis, and also others from African nations who have ended up in the country generally to pass to a European country. Some 286,000 irregular immigrants, referring to those who arrive without proper documentation, landed in Turkey in 2018, according to immigration authority figures.

The city is also home to over 500,000 Syrian refugees with many locals objecting to their presence, fuelled by often fake viral reports of their misdeeds, as well as inaccurate reports on the benefits offered them by the Turkish government.

“We have prepared works that will eliminate the complaints of our nation within six months,‘’ Soylu said.