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Turkey stops almost 430 migrants trying to cross into Greece and Bulgaria irregularly

October 2, 2019

MADRID, Oct. 2 (EUROPE PRESS) –

Turkish authorities have arrested about 430 migrants on Wednesday who sought to cross the borders with Greece and Bulgaria irregularly, Turkish security sources have confirmed.

The arrests have been carried out in several locations in the province of Edirne, bordering with those countries, within the framework of a series of operations of the Gendarmerie.

The detainees, of Afghan nationality, Bangladeshi, Eritrea, Nepalese, Palestinian and Syrian, have been transferred to the provincial Migration Directorate, as reported by the Turkish state news agency, Anatolia.

The Turkish Ministry of Interior estimated 268,000 irregular migrants were arrested in 2018 in the country, one of the main migrant transit routes to Europe from Asia.

According to official figures, almost 180,000 irregular migrants have been intercepted this year while trying to reach Greece, where arrivals have skyrocketed in recent weeks.