World Bulletin / News Desk
In Turkey’s northwestern province of Edirne, Turkish security forces held a total of 319 undocumented migrants mainly from Syria, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine, according to a gendarme source who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions over speaking to the media.
In the central province of Sivas, at least 20 undocumented Afghan migrants were held after they entered the country illegally, another gendarme source said.
The migrants, including 10 children, were caught after gendarmerie forces stopped a minibus on the Tokat-Erzincan highway near the Golova district during a security check.
The driver of the minibus, identified with the initials H.G., was arrested on charges of human trafficking, while the migrants were referred to the local immigration authorities.
Turkey has been the main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, especially since the beginning of the civil war in Syria.
Among migrants held in the course of 2017 in Turkey, most came from Pakistan -- around 15,000 -- followed by Afghans at around 12,000. Syrians totaled about 10,000.
There has been a 60 percent increase in migrant flow since 2016. The number was 31,000 in 2016.
Turkish President Erdogan, US' Trump discuss bilateral and regional issues on phone, says presidential spokesman
Deputy PM Recep Akdag expresses willingness to enhance cooperation in all fields with Pakistan
Anti-narcotics operations carried out in Istanbul, Sanliurfa, Kutahya, Eskisehir and Elazig provinces
Private transportation services can only be operated by cabs equipped with meters, says professional drivers group
Turkey's operation in Afrin, relations between US and Turkey, and Syrian refugees come under discussion
Turkish Foreign Ministry offers 'condolences to friendly government and brotherly people of Afghanistan'
Meeting with Mongolian counterpart, Turkish deputy PM says FETO terrorist group threatens friendly relations
Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to clear terrorist groups in northwestern Syria
47-meter race for children with Down Syndrome held in northwestern Tekirdag province
MHP leader Devlet Bahceli says Nevruz festival is source of nation’s unity, peace
Turkey-based aid foundations have opened over 8,800 water wells in Africa, Asia, Middle East
The European Union does not have any other choice than including Turkey in the union, says Turkey’s envoy to France
Ismail Kahraman says terrorist YPG/PKK ambitions in Afrin, northwestern Syria 'came to naught'
Hasan Celal Guzel, 73, passed away in Ankara on Monday while undergoing medical treatment