EDIRNE, Turkey 

More than 123,000 irregular migrants trying to get to Europe from northwestern Turkey were held since the beginning of 2019, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency from security sources.

Throughout the country, Turkish security forces held a total of 441,532 irregular migrants, over one-fourth of them — 123,377 — in Edirne, which borders Greece and Bulgaria.

The figures continue a steady climb, as nearly 30,000 irregular migrants were held in Edirne in 2016, over 47,000 in 2017, and 74,000 in 2018.

Infantry forces work to stem irregular migration on the Greek and Bulgarian borders, while gendarmerie and

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