Turkish officials announced that they have sent back up to 227 Afghan refugees that had entered the country illegally in a bid to combat irregular migration to the country.

The Afghan refugees were expedited to their homeland after having been kept in a repatriation camp for a short period of time.

The refugees were flown out from the eastern Malatya province of Turkey in a chartered flight, the local migration office said.

The Malatya airport has seen up to 681 Afghan refugees having been flown out since the resumption of chartered flights.

Turkey is currently dealing with an influx of refugees from conflict zones such as Afghanistan, Syria, and now Ukraine which has made it difficult for the host country to handle as it goes through a bad economic situation.

Turkey which hosts 4 million refugees is the biggest refugee-hosting nation in the world.

The country is the favorite for refugees who intend to move to Europe.

Turkey has so far prevented the illegal entry of 2.5 million refugees while 330,000 more have been repatriated in line with international agreements and rules.

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