Turkey seizes 37 refugees planning cross to Europe

Turkish security forces seize 37 refugees planning to illegally cross into Europe from Kırklareli border province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Syrian refugees

Turkish security forces seized 37 refugees who were aiming to illegally cross into Europe on Wednesday from the Kirklareli province which borders Bulgaria.

The officials reported that 36 of the detained refugees were Syrian citizens while one refugee was from Afghanistan.

Turkey is a transit point for refugees aiming to reach European countries from Syria due to its geography - bridging the Middle East and Europe.

Syrian refugees escaping the violence in their country fled Syria in large numbers, following the escalation of the Syrian Civil War in 2012. One of their most preferred destinations was neighbouring Turkey, which hosts the most Syrian refugees in the world according to United Nations registration records.

Turkey has spent more than $8 billion of its own resources on the refugees, whose number in the country has exceeded 2.2 million people.

Meanwhile, at least 650,000 refugees fleeing war and poverty from different parts of the world have entered Europe this year alone, taking a risky sea voyage across choppy Mediterranean waters on unsafe boats.

TRTWorld and agencies