According to a Turkish news agency, 136 undocumented Afghan migrants were taken to the airport and deported back to Afghanistan on charter planes while being subjected to stringent security measures.
A deportation center in the city of Kocaeli in Turkey’s northwest received 272 illegal migrants from Afghanistan on the same day, of whom 136 were sent back to their country of origin right away, on Friday, according to Demiroren news agency.
According to the Turkish authorities, another 136 Afghans will be returned home tomorrow.
Consistent with the reports, refugees from countries like Liberia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Yemen, Palestine, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria attempt to enter European countries illegally.
International refugee law clearly states that it is unlawful to deport asylum applicants without first hearing and deciding their case.
According to the state-run Anadolu Agency, more than 37,000 undocumented refugees have been deported back to their home countries since the start of this year, a rise of 89% from previous year.
Anadolu Agency reported that more than 20,000 of those who were deported came from Afghanistan and were flown back to Afghanistan.
Turkey is home to 4 million refugees, including 3.6 million Syrians, according to official statistics.