Turkey has deported more than 6,000 asylum seekers since the beginning of 2023

Turkey has deported more than 6,000 asylum seekers since the beginning of 2023

Jan 26 2023

ARK News… The Presidency of the Turkish Immigration Department on Tuesday evening announced the deportation of 6,282 asylum seekers who entered in an "irregular manner", since the beginning of this year.

"The fight against irregular migration and deportation procedures continues without stopping," it said in a tweet on Twitter.

It pointed out that 2,810 asylum seekers have been deported via flights to Afghanistan since the beginning of the year.

It indicated that the total number of deportees of various nationalities has reached 6,282 people since the beginning of 2023.

More than 124,000 asylum seekers will be deported in 2022
In 2022, the Turkish authorities deported 124,441 people via scheduled flights and 237 charter flights.

According to the Presidency of the Turkish Immigration Department, this is the highest number of deportations in Turkey's history, as the number of deportees increased by 159 percent compared to the same period in 2021.

More than 2.7 million asylum seekers have been denied entry to Turkey since 2016, while the figure for last year reached 274,311 people.

Campaign against refugees
The Turkish security services launched a wide campaign against "irregular immigrants" in the major provinces, led by Istanbul, in conjunction with the escalation of widespread political and popular campaigns hostile to refugees, and in various statements, the Security Directorate in Istanbul and other cities announced the arrest of thousands of refugees, including Syrians, in some neighborhoods of the state.

The news of "the deportation of dozens of Syrian youths from Turkey to the north of Syria" have become regular over the past months, a procedure that the Turkish authorities refuse to describe as "forced deportation", and confirm that it comes within the framework of the "voluntary return" of Syrians from Turkey to their country, and the number of returnees under this named 58 thousand and 758 Syrians during the past year 2022, according to the statistics of the Migration Department of the Turkish Ministry of Interior.