Turkish police detain illegal immigrants at Bodrum

Illegal migrants in Turkey's southwestern district, Bodrum, caught trying to get to Greek Island.

Turkish police detain illegal immigrants at Bodrum

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s coastguard has captured eight illegal migrants from Syria and the captain of the eight meter boat they were in en route to Greece Monday.

The coastguard was patrolling near Bodrum, southwestern Turkey, when they were alerted to the suspicious boat and requested it to stop.

They were apparently sailing for the Greek island of Kos from the resort of Bodrum.

After giving evidence at police headquarters the illegal migrants were sent to the Foreigners’ Office, a branch of the Turkish police in the southwestern province of Mugla, for deportation.

The detained boat captain is to be presented at court after the proceedings.

Turkey, a transit point for illegal migrants trying to reach Europe, signed an agreement in December with the European Union, which allows EU countries to send back unauthorized immigrants entering into Europe via Turkey. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Mayıs 2014, 13:41