Ankara_ Turkish authorities confirmed Wednesday that a total of 4,270 migrants and 170 smugglers were arrested in operations made in 2017, Radio Habana Cuba publishes.

Reports from the Turkish Coast Guard and Police said irregular migrants were coming from Myanmar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine and Iraq, trying to establish themselves in Europe.

The arrests are part of the reinforcement of controls in the Aegean Sea and on land, a measure that will continue in force in 2018.

In March 2016, the European Union reached an agreement with Turkey to contain the irregular flow of refugees in exchange for three million euros and other guarantees for Ankara, an agreement that, according to experts and non-governmental organizations, violates international laws, human rights and block regulations.

From the application of the controversial pact, which provides for the immediate and arbitrary return of all irregular travelers arriving in Greek territory, migrants must take longer and more dangerous routes.

On the other hand, in the absence of effective mechanisms for the transfer or granting of asylum, thousands of them remain in facilities with precarious conditions, without the necessary medical attention, food, security and legal representation.

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