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Turkey Deports Nearly 230 Afghan Migrants

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Nearly 230 Afghan migrants have been deported from different cities in Turkey, according to Turkish media outlets.

According to reports, most deported Afghan refugees were undocumented and illegal migrants.

Based on the reports, the Turkish authorities have emphasized that they will continue identifying illegal asylum seekers in the eastern city of Agri, Turkey.

Earlier, the General Directorate of Migration of Turkey announced that it had deported some 68,290 Afghan asylum seekers out of 124,441 undocumented migrants during the past year.

Approximately 68,290 Afghan residents, 12,511 Pakistanis, and migrants from other countries were deported from Turkey in the previous year, according to the General Directorate of Migration. The Turkish government’s migration office maintains that it will deport more undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers this year, including 227 citizens of Afghanistan.

Since the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in August 2021, thousands of Afghans have left the country to the neighbouring nations for fear of being physically harassed, persecuted or killed.

Most Afghan migrants chose relatively dangerous and illegal paths to reach the neighbouring countries, including Iran, Pakistan and Turkey. After months of uncertainty, they are threatened with forcible deportation and jail.

 “Returning to Afghanistan is similar to suicide. I have suffered quite a lot to reach Turkey, and now they forcefully deport me to my country. I have no choice but to end my life rather now than later,” said an Afghan refugee.

Similarly, other neighbouring countries, including Iran and Pakistan, deport Afghan migrants regularly.

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