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Turkiye identifies 1,177 irregular migrants in 5 days

April 12, 2024 at 9:06 am

Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya in Ankara, Turkiye on October 01, 2023. [Halil Sağırkaya – Anadolu Agency ]

Turkiye captured 1,177 irregular migrants in “Shield-19” operations over a five-day period, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya announced today.

Shield-19 operations targeting human traffickers and irregular migrants are being conducted with mobile migration checkpoint vehicles, said Yerlikaya on X.

“During the first five days of the Ramadan Eid holiday (April 6-7-8-9-10, 2024), coordinated by our Governorates and Directorate General of Migration Management, inspections were carried out in all 30 metropolitan cities with 162 mobile migration checkpoint vehicles by our police, gendarmerie, and coast guard, with 103 of them in Istanbul,” he said.

“A total of 22,707 foreigners’ identity information was checked, and among them, 1,177 were identified as irregular migrants,” he added.

Yerlikaya noted that the captured irregular migrants were promptly handed over to the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management offices for deportation procedures to be initiated.

“We will never allow migrant smugglers who seek to make our country a target and transit route for irregular migration to succeed,” he added.

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