Immigration to Europe
Turkish gendarmerie forces held 713 irregular migrants in the northwestern Edirne province, bordering Greece, on Dec. 27.
Among the migrants were the nationals of Nepal, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Morocco and Algeria.
The migrants were sent to the provincial migration office for legal procedures.
The number of pending Turkish asylum applications to EU countries has exceeded 17,000 following the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, hitting a record high for the country since the 1980 military coup.
At least 17 irregular migrants have been rescued in the Aegean Sea off Turkey's southwestern coast, said security sources on Oct .27.