The officials, on July 27, stated that the Turkish Coast Guard have captured 23 illegal immigrants, off Turkey’s Aegean coast.
Local media reported that the Turkish Coast Guard stopped 23 Afghan migrants, off the Didim district, in the western province of Aydin, who were allegedly intending to sneak into Greece in two boats.
The latest figures released by the Turkish Coast Guard, sates that since the start of the year 2020, a total of 12,872 migrants have attempted to reach Greece via Turkey’s seas, down from 17,274 over the same period in 2019.
The Aegean Sea has been the main route for migrants trying to reach Europe via Turkey.
Pertaining to the seriousness of the issue of illegal immigration, in March 2016, the European Union and Turkey signed a deal to curb the flow of illegal immigrants to the European continent.
Presently, Turkey hosts more than 3.7 million Syrian refugees in its territory and has been urging European countries to shoulder more responsibility.