Turkish emergency services members carry injured at the scene of a bus accident in Van, Turkey, 18 July 2019. According to reports, 15 migrants died after a minibus carrying refugees crashed in Van | Photo: EPA/OZKAN BILGIN
Turkish emergency services members carry injured at the scene of a bus accident in Van, Turkey, 18 July 2019. According to reports, 15 migrants died after a minibus carrying refugees crashed in Van | Photo: EPA/OZKAN BILGIN

Some 144 undocumented immigrants have died so far this year in Turkey, according to the Directorate General of Migration Management at the interior ministry.

At least 144 undocumented immigrants have died so far this year in Turkey. The Directorate General of Migration Management at the interior ministry data show that most of them, 64, died in road accidents. Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency agency said these accidents had occurred as the undocumented migrants were trying to illegally enter Turkey or change provinces in the country. Some 43 had died in similar circumstances in 2018, the agency said. 


93 during entire year 2018 

Some 52 irregular migrants froze to death while trying to enter Turkey or during their attempt to cross to Greece. Some 39 of them died in Turkey's eastern province of Van, bordering Iran, this year, while 13 of died in Turkey's northwestern province of Edirne, bordering Greece. Some 28 irregular immigrants died by drowning when trying to reach Greece from Turkey. 

In 2018, some 93 irregular migrants drowned on these routes from Turkey to Europe. Thanks to the efforts of the Turkish Coast Guard, the lives of 16,724 irregular immigrants have been saved so far in 2019 within the Turkish Search and Rescue Region in territorial and international waters, the agency said.
 

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