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Asylum seekers end wait at Turkey-Greece border for Europe

Over 10,000 asylum seekers at Greek border lose hope for Greece opening its doors leading to Europe

Salih Baran   | 27.03.2020
Asylum seekers end wait at Turkey-Greece border for Europe EDIRNE, TURKEY - MARCH 27: Asylum seekers waiting to enter Europe leave the border with Greece in Edirne, Turkey on March 27, 2020. The asylum seekers were sent to guesthouses for the coronavirus (COVID- 19) quarantine. ( Cihan Demirci - Anadolu Agency )

EDIRNE, Turkey 

With hopes of crossing into Europe for a better life, the asylum seekers Friday terminated their hopeless wait along the Turkish-Greek border after one month.

The asylum seekers conveyed their request to leave the area to the provincial migration authorities in Turkey’s northwestern Edirne amid loss of hope that Greece would open its doors leading to Europe.

Turkish officials also informed other asylum seekers about the risks of spreading novel coronavirus if they continue to remain outdoors. Those asylum seekers convinced by the officials have also expressed willingness to leave the area as well.

They were later taken to available guesthouses via coach buses under the coordination of Edirne governor's office.

As part of COVID-19 measures, the asylum seekers will then be sent to appropriate locations once the quarantine period is over.

After first appearing in Wuhan, China, last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 176 countries and regions, according to data compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has now surpassed 537,000, while the death toll is above 24,000 and over 123,000 have recovered, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

Despite the rising number of cases, most people who contract the virus suffer only mild symptoms before making a recovery.

*Writing by Merve Gül Aydoğan Ağlarcı

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