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Turkey Detains Scores Of Afghan Migrants Near Border With Iran


Turkey is a primary destination for Afghan migrants. (file photo)

Authorities in Turkey say that they have detained 133 undocumented migrants near the country’s border with Iran over the past 48 hours.

Interior Ministry officials said that 73 Afghans were detained on July 17 in Van Province, while another 60 migrants -- including 59 Afghans -- were detained on July 18 in the same vicinity.

In June, the foreign ministers of Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iran met to discuss migration cooperation. Concerns about a new influx of Afghan migrants have increased as the international coalition in Afghanistan draws down its presence.

The United Nations says some 270,000 Afghans have been displaced since January, bringing the total number of displaced people there to more than 3.5 million.

Turkey is a primary destination for Afghan migrants. The country hosts more than 4 million refugees, mostly from Syria, which is more than any other country in the world.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Al-Monitor

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