Turkey Repatriates 227 Refugees Back to Afghanistan

Turkey on Monday deported 227 illegally Afghan refugees back to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan as Ankara accelerated its efforts to deal with the influx of irregular migrants from more conflict zones.

The plane carrying the migrants took off from the eastern province of Malatya on Sunday evening toward the Afghan capital Kabul.

The deportation is part of the government’s efforts to combat irregular migration, the outlet said, adding that the irregular migrants were held in repatriation camps for a short period before being returned to their home country.

The Turkish government is facing an influx of migrants from more conflict zones this year, including Afghanistan, Ukraine and other countries.   

Turkey is hosting around four million refugees, with the majority of them from Syria. Turkey says they host more refugees than any other country in the world.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu had earlier said that Syrian refugees would not be allowed to visit their country during the Eid al-Fitr holidays.

Soylu said that those who go to Syria for holidays “will not be allowed to return back to Turkey.”

The Syrians have been briefly visiting their families and relatives in areas liberated from militants during the holidays and returned back to Turkey.

Turkey also prevented the illegal entry of 2.5 million irregular migrants and repatriated 330,000 irregular migrants in line with international agreements and rules, according to Sabah daily.

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