Turkish authorities turned back 227 Afghan nationals who entered the country illegally, officials said on Sunday.
Government efforts to combat irregular migration are ongoing, with irregular migrants being held in detention centers for short periods before being sent back to their home country.
According to the local migration office, the plane carrying the migrants took off from the eastern province of Malatya and will land in the Afghan capital Kabul.
At least 681 irregular migrants have been sent to Afghanistan since charter flights resumed from Malatya Airport.
This year, a debate arose as Turkey faced an influx of migrants from other conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Ukraine and other countries, in addition to the society’s economic problems, for which some sections put the burden on the shoulders of migrants has fight.
Most recently, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said that Ramadan Bayram visits to Syria would not be allowed during the upcoming holiday.
Soylu said around 500,000 Syrians have returned to their homes after parts of the country were liberated by the Turkish military. Turkey has also prevented the illegal entry of 2.5 million irregular migrants and returned 330,000 irregular migrants in accordance with international agreements and rules. He added that around 700,000 irregular migrants have left Turkey for European countries over the past five years.
Turkey was an important transit point for asylum seekers crossing over to Europe to start a new life, especially for those fleeing war and persecution.
The country already hosts 4 million refugees, more than any other country in the world, and is taking new security measures at its borders to humanely prevent a new influx of migrants.