180 irregular migrants held in Turkey

Migrants held in the Aegean Izmir, northwestern Canakkale, and eastern Van provinces

180 irregular migrants held in Turkey

At least 180 irregular migrants were held across Turkey, security sources said Thursday. 

In Ayvacik in the northwestern Canakkale province, gendarmerie units held 61 migrants said a security source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media. 

Separately, in the Aegean Izmir province, 93 irregular migrants were held in the Kusadasi district. 

Also in Baskale in the eastern Van province, gendarmerie forces held 26 migrants -- all Pakistan nationals. 

All of the migrants were referred to provincial migration offices. 

Turkey has been a main route for irregular migrants trying to cross into Europe, especially since 2011, when the Syrian civil war began.