Turkey rescues 88 irregular migrants pushed back by Greece

The Turkish Coast Guard on Thursday rescued 88 irregular migrants who were pushed back into Turkish territorial waters by Greek authorities off the provinces of Aydın and Muğla.

A group of 33 migrants who were struggling on a dinghy off Kuşadası district were pulled to shore in Aydin, according to the local coast guard command.

In addition, 25 foreigners were picked up in Izmir province and 30 others on two separate dinghies were rescued off Bodrum in Muğla after authorities were notified of their conditions.

All migrants have been referred to provincial migration offices for due process.

Turkey and Greece are key transit points for migrants seeking to enter Europe, fleeing war and persecution to start a new life. Turkey’s five Aegean provinces – Çanakkale, Balıkesir, Izmir, Muğla and Aydın – are prime locations for refugees to leave Turkey for the European Union, with Greek islands within sight of the Turkish coast. Greece has been repeatedly accused by human rights groups and Turkey of illegally returning asylum seekers who have reached Greek shores and abandoning them at sea. Similar claims have been made regarding asylum seekers crossing the land border with Turkey who would be smuggled back. Athens strongly denies the practice, known as pushbacks.

Pushbacks are seen as contrary to international refugee protection agreements which state that people should not be deported or returned to a country where their life or safety could be at risk because of their race, religion, nationality or affiliation. to a social or political group.

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

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of people have made short but perilous journeys across the Aegean to reach northern and western Europe in search of a better life. Hundreds of people have died at sea as many boats carrying refugees often sink or capsize. The Turkish Coastguard Command rescued thousands more.

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