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Turkey Intensifies Crackdown on Afghan Refugees Amidst Rising Deportations

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Saboor Bayat
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Turkey Intensifies Crackdown on Afghan Refugees Amidst Rising Deportations

Turkish law enforcement agencies have arrested 38 Afghan refugees trying to cross into European countries from the coastal region of Ayvacik in Canakkale, Turkey. The arrests, which took place on Sunday, December 2, are part of a growing trend following the implementation of stringent immigration policies by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The detained refugees will likely face deportation to their home country, Afghanistan.

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The Rising Trend of Forced Deportation

In addition to the recent arrests, Turkish authorities apprehended 12 Afghan refugees in the city of Amasya two days earlier, and last month, 138 refugees were arrested in Kocaeli. They were all subsequently deported to Afghanistan over a period of 25 days. The alarming rate of arrests and deportations is clear, with over three thousand Afghan refugees detained and forcibly expelled from Turkey since the start of the year.

Afghan Refugees in Turkey

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The situation in Afghanistan, exacerbated by the Taliban's return to power, has driven many Afghans to seek refuge in Turkey via illegal routes, in hopes of eventually reaching European countries. According to Turkish government data, the country currently hosts approximately 300,000 Afghan refugees. Yet, these refugees are facing increasing difficulties as Turkey continues its crackdown on illegal immigration.

Voices of Refugees

The plight of Afghan refugees and the challenges they face are being brought to light by platforms such as the source. The paper hosts weekly Twitter Spaces programs, providing a platform for experts, analysts, and civil and political activists to discuss major societal issues in Afghanistan. Importantly, these discussions also offer a space for Afghan refugees to voice their experiences, ask questions, and express their opinions.

While the world watches, the future of these Afghan refugees remains uncertain, caught in a web of political decisions, border controls, and societal pressures. Their story is a stark reminder of the human cost of conflict and the ongoing struggle for a safer future.

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