Turkey to give people smugglers punishments similar to terrorists

Convicted people smugglers can expect punishments in future like those handed out to terrorists, the Turkish government says.

Turkey's parliament will "very soon" be enacting a law that will "immediately enforce" this measure, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said during an Ankara meeting with international news agency correspondents.

Turkey is stepping up efforts to clamp down on people smugglers, as well as improving conditions for refugees in Turkey, as part of an agreement with the EU.

Turkey is the most important stop for migrants seeking entry into the EU. In the past year, Turkish authorities stopped 156,000 refugees illegally crossing the border and arrested 4,800 people smugglers, Kurtulmus said.

Last update: Tue, 23/02/2016 - 15:09

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