BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Europe
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 

Sunday, 6 August, 2000, 16:50 GMT 17:50 UK
Turkey detains illegal migrants
Kalsit
Last week a boat believed to come from Turkey arrived in Italy
By Chris Morris in Ankara

Turkish police in the city of Erzurum say they have detained 109 Afghans and Iraqis, who were hoping to be smuggled into Europe.

They were discovered on Saturday in the back of a lorry, whose driver was also taken into custody.

The would-be migrants had paid him $2,000 each to deliver them to Istanbul.

The arrests come a week after the Italian authorities accused Turkey of doing too little to prevent illegal migrants reaching Europe.

Lack of resources

The police say this group will be deported, but often captured migrants are released after paying the smallest of fines because there is not enough money available to do anything else.

Border patrols complained that they often detain the same people, trying again and again to complete their journey to Europe.

The Turkish authorities say they are doing everything they can, but they admit that they do not have the resources to prevent thousands of illegal migrant slipping through the net.

People smuggling has become a massive business controlled by powerful Mafia-type gangs.

A ship carrying more than 400 Kurds arrived in southern Italy just over a week ago, prompting the Italian Government protest to Ankara.

Now there are warnings that another ship is on its way from a Turkish port carrying another cargo of would-be immigrants, who will claim political asylum if they manage to reach the Italian shore.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
See also:

31 Jul 00 | Europe
Italians halt migrant boat
19 Apr 00 | Europe
Italy: Immigration or extinction
13 Dec 99 | Europe
Migrant ship docks in Italy
19 Jun 00 | Europe
Trafficking: A human tragedy
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Europe stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Europe stories