Turkey’s refugee policy serves as an example for the rest of the world, the country’s Minister of Interior Affairs said on Tuesday.
While making an appearance at a TV show, Suleyman Soylu stressed that 371,000 illegal immigrants have been recorded in Turkey since January.
“The number of Afghans in Turkey that have been repatriated has reached 60,000,” Soylu stated, adding that Turkey will have sent 90,000-95,000 illegal immigrants back to their countries by the end of this year.
Soylu mentioned that illegal immigrants come to Istanbul to find work, adding that since the beginning of the year about 100,000 Syrians have been transferred from Istanbul to the cities where they are registered or to the places where their relatives live.
He also noted that 92,500 illegal immigrants of various nationalities were arrested in the country and one third of them was sent back to their country of origin, while the rest were transferred to repatriation centers.
It is noteworthy that illegal immigrants who seek work permits have increased to 8,000 per month from 2,500 that was previously.
Turkey constitutes the main crossing point for illegal immigrants seeking to enter Europe in order to start new lives, especially for those fleeing war and persecution.
In 2018, 268,000 illegal immigrants were registered in Turkey, according to the Ministry of Interior Affairs.
At the same time, approximately 336,707 illegal immigrants have been identified thus far this year, Soylu added. /ibna