Turkey reports almost 100,000 illegal immigrants have been deported since the beginning of 2022. Over 420,000 since 2016.

The number of illegal immigrants deported from Turkey this year has increased by 149% compared to this time last year and reached 97,448.

Whilst security measures are increased at the borders to combat illegal immigration, illegak immigrants who entered Turkey are deported via chartered and scheduled flights.

Recently, 227 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan who were being held in detention at Kırklareli Pehlivanköy Removal Center were brought to Istanbul Airport and sent back to their country after passing through security under the supervision of law enforcement units.

According to the information received from the Interior Ministry’s Directorate of Migration Management, this was the 213th chartered flight to Afghanistan since the beginning of 2022.

A total of 55,502 Afghans have been returned to their country, including 40,510 on board 213 charter flights and 14,992 on scheduled flights since the beginning of 2022.

Also this year, a total of 11,025 illegal immigrants were returned to Pakistan on two charter flights and a number of scheduled flights.

The number of illegal immigrants deported since the beginning of the year has reached 97,448. Compared to the same period last year, the number of people deported has dramatically increased by 149%.

Compared to the same period of the previous year, a 206% increase in Afghan nationals, a 28% increase in Pakistani nationals and a 180% increase in foreigners with other nationalities was observed in terms of deportations. In addition, the number of illegal immigrants deported since 2016 has reached 422,957.

Due to Turkeys effective deportation policies, returns are carried out with a rate of success well above the European average.

Turkey’s deportation success rate was 69%, whereas it was only 10% in Europe.

Since Turkey takes the security of its border serious, 242,525 illegal immigrants were prevented from entering the country in 2022.

President Erdoğan and senior Turkish officials have frequently pointed out that, Turkey does not have any obligation whatsoever to be a safe haven for Afghan refugees,” amid developments following the Taliban takeover in the country last year.

Turkey has been a key transit point for illegal immigrants attempting to cross into Europe, many of which claim to be fleeing war and persecution, which we all know isn’t true.

Concerns have risen over a spike in illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, due to the United States’ pullout from the country and the following Taliban victory.

Turkey is continuing efforts to bolster the security of its border with Iran to prevent any new wave of illegals in the face of the recent developments in Afghanistan.

Turkey hosts nearly 5 million ‘refugees’, which is more than any other country in the world. After the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, the Turkish government adopted an ‘open-door policy’, granting many with temporary protection.

Afghans are believed to be the second-largest refugee community in Turkey after Syrians. Many of the illegal immigrants arriving via Iran are heading for Istanbul to find passage to another coastal city from which to embark for Europe. The European Union and Western partners have said that Turkey would play a vital role in preventing the illegal crossing of illegal Afghans into Europe.

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