MUGLA, Turkey

More than 16,000 irregular migrants trying to get to Europe from western Turkey were held in 2019, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency from security sources.

During the operations in Turkey’s western Mugla province, overall 16,218 irregular migrants were held.

Security forces conducted successful operations to hold irregular migrants who have been trying to pass the Aegean Sea to reach Greece.

Irregular migrants generally face the risk of being capsized with dinghies while trying to reach the Kos and Symi islands of Greece.

Some irregular migrants fell into the hands of human smugglers or lost their lives

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