• publish: 11 April 2018
  • time: 6:16 pm
  • category: International
  • No: 6243

More than 27000 Afghan refugees arrived in Turkey in past three months

According to Turkey local newspapers, the number of Afghan refugees who have arrived in the country since the beginning of 2018 has reached to 27000.

This figure represents a 400-percent increase in migrant arrivals compared to the same period in 2017, the Haberturk newspaper reported, adding that the issue was raised during a meeting of the cabinet, according to Sputnik.

According to the information provided at the meeting, the asylum seekers view Turkey not only as a transit country on their way to the European Union but as a target country as well.

The authorities believe such influx of migrants was caused by the civil war in Syria and instability in Iraq along with the ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan itself.

Afghanistan has long suffered from political, social and security-related instability because of simmering insurgencies, including by the Taliban and Daesh.

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