Some 144 undocumented immigrants have died so far this year due to reasons such as traffic accidents, freezing and drowning, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported, citing data from the Directorate General of Migration Management.
In the first six and a half months of this year, 28 irregular immigrants died by drowning when trying to pass through these routes, said the agency. But, thanks to the precautions taken by the Turkish Coast Guard Command against irregular immigration, there has been a decrease in the number of such deaths compared with previous years, said the agency.
Thanks to the efforts of the Turkish Coast Guard, the lives of 16,724 irregular immigrantshave been saved so far in 2019 within the Turkish Search and Rescue Region in territorial and international waters, the agency said.
Of the 144 deaths of undocumented migrants in 2019, some 64 occurred in traffic accidents. The accidents occurred while the undocumented migrants were trying to illegally enter Turkey or change provinces in the country, said the agency. The number of irregularimmigrants that died in traffic accidents in 2018 was 43, according to the agency.
Some 52 irregular migrants froze to death while trying to enter Turkey or during their attempt to cross to Greece. Some 39 of them died in Turkey’s eastern province of Van, bordering Iran, this year, while 13 of died in Turkey’s northwestern province of Edirne, bordering Greece.
Hurriyet Daily News