Turkey deports 138 Afghan citizens amid crackdown on illegal immigration

Immigration authorities in Turkey said that they have deported 138 Afghan citizens who had entered by the country illegally.

According to BNN News Agency, the group of Afghan citizens were deported to Afghanistan via a chartered flight on Wednesday as part of Turkey’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

Turkey has sent several groups of Afghan refugees back to Kabul following a surge in migration after the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan. As many as 958 Afghan migrants were deported via five charter flights between April 8 and April 12, bringing the total number of deportations to 3,277.

Turkey has long been a transit point for Afghan citizens seeking to get to Europe.