Turkey on Tuesday rescued 44 migrants who had been pushed back by the Greek coast guard into Turkish territorial waters in the Aegean Sea, in keeping with safety sources.
Upon receiving intelligence that there have been scores of migrants in a dinghy off the coast of Dikili in the Izmir province, the Turkish coast guard launched an operation and rescued them.
After routine checks, the migrants had been referred to the provincial migration authority.
Turkey and Greece have been key transit factors for asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants searching for to cross into Europe to begin new lives, particularly these fleeing struggle and persecution.
Turkey earlier this 12 months opened its gates to irregular migrants searching for to cross to Europe, accusing the European Union of failing to maintain its guarantees underneath a 2016 migrant deal.
The nation already hosts over 3.5 million Syrians, greater than every other nation in the world, and officers say it can’t deal with one other wave.
So far this 12 months, Turkey’s Coast Guard Command has rescued 1000’s of migrants and asylum-seekers off the Aegean coast after they had been compelled by Greece into Turkish territorial waters.
Turkish officers have additionally mentioned Greece’s coast guard has tried to sink boats carrying migrants and refugees towards Greek islands, opening hearth and hitting individuals on board with lengthy sticks.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) had voiced alarm over experiences of pushbacks and collective expulsions of migrants, some with incidents of violence, from Greece.