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Turkey rescues 21 asylum seekers from boats in Aegean

Country is key transit point for asylum seekers aiming to cross into Europe to start new lives

Ali Korkmaz   | 28.03.2020
Turkey rescues 21 asylum seekers from boats in Aegean File Photo

IZMIR, Turkey

The Turkish Coast Guard rescued 21 asylum seekers off the Aegean Sea, security sources said Saturday.

The group of asylum seekers – all Syrian nationals – were onboard rubber boats that were directed to Turkish territorial waters by the Greek Coast Guard, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

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.

Late last month, Turkey announced it would no longer stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe via land while banning boat crossings.


Turkey accuses the European Union of failing to keep its promises under a 2016 migrant deal.

Turkey currently hosts over 3.7 million Syrians, making it the world's top refugee-hosting country.

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