Afghans in Turkey literally number in the thousands and are overwhelmingly made up of recent illegal migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
Afghan migration to Turkey dates back to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, when incumbent president Kenan Evren invited 4000 and 2200 Afghans of Turkish origin back to Turkey in 1982 and 1983 respectively. However, no proper records were kept during the period and due to the obscure state of irregular migration to Turkey, maintaining accurate statistics of Afghan migration has been difficult. It is suggested that many of the Afghans who had Turkish origins lived in a manner quite similar to Iraqi Turkmens, thereby integrating easily by making use of previously created networks. In 2002, an article by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet claimed there were "thousands" of Afghans living throughout the country.
Recent migration 
Afghans are one of the largest irregular migrant groups in Turkey. From the period 2003-2007, the number of Afghans apprehended were significant, with statistics almost doubling during the last year. Most had fled the War in Afghanistan. In 2005, refugees from Afghanistan numbered 300 and made a sizeable proportion of Turkey's registered migrants. Most of them were spread out over satellite cities with Van and Ağrı being the most specific locations. In the following years, the number of Afghans entering Turkey greatly increased, second only to migrants from Iraq; in 2009, there were 16,000 people designated under the Iraq-Afghanistan category. Despite a dramatic 50 percent reduction by 2010, reports confirmed hundreds living and working in Turkey. As of January 2010, Afghans consisted one-sixth of the 26,000 remaining refugees and asylum seekers. By the end 2011, their numbers are expected to surge up to 10,000, making them the largest population and surpass other groups.
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