At Least 111 Irregular Migrants Held in Turkey’s West

Turkish authorities on Wednesday said they have detained a total of 111 irregular migrants in the western province of Izmir.

The Turkish Coast Guard Command said that a group of 44 irregular migrants was rescued by coast guard teams off the coast of Izmir’s Dikili district.

“The migrants were found in a rubber boat after being pushed back by Greek forces to Turkish territorial waters,” Anadolu Agency reported.

Another group of 67 irregular migrants was detained by coast guard teams off the coast of Izmir’s Seferihisar district.

Turkish Coast Guard blamed Greek forces for pushing back these migrants to Turkish territorial waters.

The detained migrants have been handed over to the provincial migration office for further procedures.

Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers who want to cross into Europe with hope to start new lives.

Turkey hosts 4 million refugees and Ankara said that they have taken necessary security measures on borders to prevent an influx of migrants.

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