Mar 01 2018

Turkey detains nearly 900 migrants in two days

Turkey detained nearly 900 undocumented migrants in the last two days of February, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Most of those detained were trying to enter Turkey from Syria. Others detained included 37 people trying to enter Turkey from Greece and 137 trying to make the journey in the opposite direction.

In Turkey’s northeastern province of Erzincan, meanwhile, more than 200 undocumented migrants were detained, among them 117 people including women and children found walking along a highway towards the city of Erzincan and 40 more on a train travelling to Ankara. Many of those detained came from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Turkey, which hosts more than 3 million Syrian refugees, is one of the main routes used by refugees trying to cross into Europe, particularly since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011. But last year, most of those detained came from Pakistan (15,000) and Afghanistan (12,000), more than the numbers of migrants coming from Syria (10,000).