15 asylum seekers caught in northwestern Turkey

by MCR Correspondent

Turkish police have caught 15 asylum seekers in the northwestern province of Tekirdag.

Local authorities reported on 16th October, 2020 that, “The anti-smuggling teams of local police stopped a light commercial vehicle during a regular check at the entrance of the Suleymanpasa district.”

It explained that during the search, a vehicle with a standard capacity of 5 passengers had 15 asylum seekers with Syrian and Egyptian nationalities whom were arrested.

“They were found to have entered Turkey illegally searching for a gate to Europe.” it added.

“They have been referred to local migration authorities. The driver of the vehicle was detained.”

Turkey has been a key transit point for irregular migrants and asylum seekers aiming to cross to Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.

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