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Turkey rescues 65 asylum seekers pushed back by Greece

Turkey rescues 65 asylum seekers pushed back by Greece

Migrants referred to the provincial migration office following the rescue operation.
30.11.2021 - 12:05

Turkey rescued 65 asylum seekers early Tuesday who were illegally pushed back by Greece into Turkish waters in the Aegean Sea.

Some 30 asylum seekers who were in a rubber boat were taken ashore near Çeşme district of Izmir province, the Turkish Coast Guard Command said in a statement.

ASYLUM SEEKERS WERE TAKEN TO THE MIGRATION OFFICE

Thirty-five irregular migrants were also rescued from a rubber boat off Menderes district of Izmir province. All of the occupants were later taken to the provincial migration office.

THEY AIM TO CROSS INTO EUROPE FOR HAVING A NEW LIFE

Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers aiming to cross into Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.

4 MILLION REFUGEES IN TURKEY

Turkey already hosts 4 million refugees, more than any other country in the world, and is taking new security measures at its borders to humanely prevent a fresh influx of migrants.