Turkiye has expressed concern that Greece’s pushback policy has increased casualties along migration routes, forcing irregular migrants and refugees to divert directly to Italy.
According to the Coast Guard Command, the Coast Guard has rescued more than 550 refugees and migrants in the last two weeks and has been pushed back into Turkish waters by Greek troops.
From December 13th to 25th, “991 irregular immigrants in a total of 52 cases. [or refugees] Ten migrant smugglers were arrested and 526 irregular migrants were rescued by Greek assets pushing them back into the territorial waters. “
The statement also emphasized Turkey’s efforts to help those in need of help at sea, 24/7 to prevent illegal immigrants and activities, respecting both human rights and national and international law.
HQ also said that Turkey’s pushback policy against Greek security forces has increased casualties along immigration routes, forcing irregular migrants and refugees to divert directly to Italy. Expressed concern.
He added that the unfortunate statement of Greek officials blaming the Turkish authorities showed how serious they were about dealing with the situation.
More scores were rescued
Meanwhile, the Turkish Coast Guard on Tuesday rescued 112 refugees pushed back by Greek authorities in the Aegean Sea.
Fifty-six of them were rescued off the coast of Bodrum, while the other 32 were rescued in the Fethiye district of southwestern Muğla.
In addition to Tuesday’s operation, 24 refugees were saved, two of whom were found dead in the western waters of Izmir, officials said.
The Coast Guard also said two refugees were missing.
Greece is the main route to the European Union for asylum seekers arriving via Turkey.
Turkiye has become an important transit point for irregular migrants and refugees who want to start a new life across Europe, especially those who have fled the war and persecution in their own country.
It has already accepted the world’s largest number of 4 million refugees and is taking new security measures at the border to humanely prevent the influx of new refugees.
Source: TRT World and distributors
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