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Turkiye Plans to Send 1 Million Illegal Migrants Back Home
Turkiye Plans to Send 1 Million Illegal Migrants Back Home
Syrian women gather in a public park in Istanbul, April 29, 2023 (AP Photo)

"Turkiye has so far returned 600,000 illegal migrants to where they came from. We expect this figure to reach 1 million. That is around 240,000 families. At the same time, we will continue to seek a lasting solution to the migrant problem by implementing real policies. We will not compromise our security, nor will we inconvenience our citizens. We will address this issue in accordance with our culture, faith, empathy and sense of justice. As we did for our Iraqi brothers in the 1990s," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, addressing graduates of the Ankara Police Academy.

In his words, police have tightened strongly control on illegal migrants in major metropolitan areas. The authorities deport migrants who are involved in crimes, in breaches of public order and the peace of citizens. Of the 36,000 migrants involved in various offences who were caught in the first half of 2023, 16,000 have been sent home.

"About 500,000 housing units are under construction to accommodate Syrian migrants, providing them with security and steady living conditions. Within the framework of the housing construction project, we have made it possible to shelter 90,000 families. The permanent housing construction project, which we are implementing with the financial support of Qatar, is in progress," Erdogan pointed out.

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