Turkey to increase capacity of removal centers to 20,000

Efforts continue to reach 30 withdrawal centers across the country. It was reported that almost half of the 100 irregular migrants apprehended have been deported.

Turkey’s fight against irregular migration continues.

Immigrants who enter the country illegally are deported after being arrested.

An information meeting was held at the Akyurt Removal Centre, where irregular migrants are accommodated until their deportation procedures are completed.

“We will reach 20,000 capacities”

Ramazan Seçilmen, Director General for Combating Irregular Migration and Deportation Affairs of the Directorate of Migration Management, said the capacity of removal centers, where deportation procedures for irregular migrants are carried out, will reach 20,000 in May.

He said that after the arrest of irregular migrants selected by law enforcement, their fingerprints and photographs were recorded in a joint database integrated by the General Directorate of Security, the General Command of the Gendarmerie, the Coastguard Command and the Directorate of Migration Management.

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“Our return rate is close to 50%”

Stating that return rates have increased by 74% compared to the previous year, Seçilmis said: “When we look at deportation rates in general, we deport almost half of every 100 irregular migrants we catch up with in their countries, our rate is close to 50%. Again, that rate is around 18% in the European Union.” mentioned.

Process related to the eviction procedure

Explaining that foreign nationals who came to the removal center were first questioned to determine their identity and nationality, and whether they had travel documents or not, Seçilme said that after these processes, procedures for expulsion have been carried out.

30 repatriation centers

Noting that the selected withdrawal centers had a capacity of only 1740 in 2015, “With those opening in May, we will reach 30 removal centers and 20,000 capacity nationwide. So we will have reached 20,000 from a capacity of 1740, we have increased the capacity of the removal centers more 10 times”. mentioned.

During the meeting, it was highlighted that thanks to the removal centres, migrants in an irregular situation, whose deportation procedures are carried out as soon as possible, can also access fundamental rights.

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320,172 foreigners were deported

As part of the fight against irregular migration, 320,172 foreigners have been expelled since 2016.

While 451 thousand 96 irregular migrants were prevented from entering the country last year, as of April 14, 2022, the number of irregular migrants who were prevented from entering Turkey in 2022 increased to 127 thousand 256.

On the other hand, capture activities inside the country continue unabated. “In 2019, 454 thousand 662, 122 thousand 302 in 2020, 162 thousand 996 irregular immigrants were arrested in 2021. The number of irregular immigrants arrested so far in 2022 reached 55 thousand 627.” shared information.

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6,733 irregular migrants were captured in peace operations

During the briefing, where it was highlighted that peace operations are carried out every month to combat irregular migration throughout the country, it was noted that a total of 6,733 irregular migrants were captured in 4 peace operations this year.

At the meeting, it was said that Afghans were the most numerous among the irregular migrants apprehended this year, followed respectively by Syrians, Palestinians and Pakistanis.

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“We are well above the repatriation capacity of all of Europe”

Noting that Turkey surpasses European countries in terms of the capacity of its removal centres, Seçilmis said, “Before Britain left the European Union, the capacity of removal centers in the Union was around 21,000. Currently the European Union has a capacity of 16,000, so we have a capacity well superior to all of Europe.” mentioned.

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Number of irregular migrants returned this year

According to AA News; Elected, stating that 21,087 irregular migrants have been returned this year, “9,654 of them are Afghan nationals and 4,206 irregular migrants from Pakistan.” he said.

In the program, members of the press were able to see the areas where irregular immigrants are registered, as well as the cafeteria, kindergarten and children’s playground of the Akyurt Removal Center.

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