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Turkey rescues 25 asylum seekers in Aegean Sea

Migrants rescued by Turkish Coast Guard at sea after being illegally pushed back by Greece

Burak Akay   | 17.09.2021
Turkey rescues 25 asylum seekers in Aegean Sea

BALIKESIR, Turkey

Turkey on Friday rescued 25 asylum seekers after they were pushed back into Turkish territorial waters by Greek authorities, security sources said.

Acting on a tip-off, a Turkish coast guard team was dispatched off the coast of Ayvalik, northwestern Balikesir province to rescue the asylum seekers stranded in a plastic boat.

The asylum seekers from different nationalities were taken to the shore and later referred to the Turkish Coast Guard Command for their testimonies.

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

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

*Writing by Merve Berker

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