Many of the people crossing the border hail from Afghanistan.
Many of the people crossing the border hail from Afghanistan.

The migrants who entered were mostly from Afghanistan. Local authorities are trying to stem the flow of migrants with a border wall and anti-trafficking centers.

Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported that 17,847 migrants have entered Turkey through its eastern border with Iran between January 1 and March 29.

The migrants were primarily from Afghanistan, though there were also people from Bangladesh and Pakistan, according to Hurriyet. Local authorities are attempting to curb the influx with a new anti-trafficking center in the eastern province of Erzurum. The Turkish government is constructing a 144 kilometer-long (89 miles) wall along the Turkey-Iran border. The wall is expected to be completed next year.

Turkey has been a key country for migrants and refugees attempting to find a new life in Europe. The country shares a border not just with Iran and the war-torn states of Iraq and Syria, but also with European countries Greece and Bulgaria. Many migrants and refugees attempt to enter Greece from Turkey by boat via the Aegean Sea.

 

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