19 irregular migrants nabbed in northwestern Turkey
The irregular migrants were in a van stopped by security teams in the Süleymanpaşa district of Turkey’s northwestern Tekirdağ province, the governor’s office in a statement on Thursday.
Among irregular migrants were Afghan, Pakistani, and Somali nationals, according to the statement.
The driver, a Turkish national, was arrested over migrant smuggling.
The necessary procedures for the deportation of irregular migrants have been launched, the statement added.
Historically, Turkey has been a country of origin, transit, and destination for migrants and was a crossroads between Europe and Asia.
Recent regional events have contributed to Turkey increasingly becoming a major destination and transit country for those fleeing conflict, poverty, and disasters.
Turkey hosts one of the largest migrant and refugee populations in the world.
According to the official reports, 113,865 irregular migrants held across the country in 2020.