Refugees arrive to Turkey along a route to the west in Erzurum, Turkey | Photo: EPA/ERDEM SAHIN
Refugees arrive to Turkey along a route to the west in Erzurum, Turkey | Photo: EPA/ERDEM SAHIN

A reported 445,000 undocumented migrants were apprehended in Turkey in 2019, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in an interview to CNN Turk. The previous year, the number of irregular migrants held was 268,000.

In an interview broadcast on December 29 on CNN Turk, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that 445,000 undocumented migrants were apprehended in Turkey in 2019. Many were trying to cross the border to reach the EU, the minister said. 

Moreover, 105,000 irregular migrants were repatriated to their home countries in 2019, he said. In 2018, this number was around 68,000, he added.  

'West responsible for migration wave' 

Soylu also said the West was responsible for the "large migration wave." Ankara has repeatedly accused European countries of failing to contribute to the management of Syrian refugees in Turkey and of other migration flows towards the country that have the EU as their final destination.
 

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