October 7, 2009
Turkey arrests 35 illegal immigrants
Turkish security forces have reportedly arrested 35 illegal immigrants in the central Turkish province of Kirsehir as they were making for the country’s border in search of a better life in Europe.
The detained immigrants were Afghans and Burmese. They will be deported from the country once the legal proceedings are completed, according to a report released by the state-run Anatolian news agency.
Positioned on the frontier between East and West, Turkey has always been a major crossroad for refugees and illegal immigrants traveling from their impoverished and war-torn homelands to Europe for a better future.
A recent report issued by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce shows there are now more than 1 million illegal immigrants in Turkey. It adds that over 300,000 illegal immigrants enter Turkey per annum.
The report also states that the illegal immigrants in Turkey come from 163 different countries. While half of the illegal immigrants work as servants or babysitters, many choose to work as sex workers, construction workers, waiters, or cooks.