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Turkish coast guard units in the last five years held 238,158 irregular migrants trying to cross to Europe through the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Seas.

These migrants set out on treacherous journeys by sea and on foot to escape political and economic turmoil in their home countries.

According to information compiled by the Anadolu Agency, irregular migrants trying to cross to Europe reached a record figure of 91,611 in 2015.

Coast guard units rounded up 37,130 migrants in 2016, 21,937 in 2017, and 26,678 in 2018.

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