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Turkey rescues 95 asylum seekers in Aegean Sea

Asylum seekers pushed back by Greek coastal authorities

Sabri Kesen and Yusuf Soykan Bal   | 07.09.2021
Turkey rescues 95 asylum seekers in Aegean Sea

IZMIR/MUGLA, Turkey

Turkey rescued a total of 95 asylum seekers who were illegally pushed back by the Greek Coast Guard into Turkish territorial waters in the Aegean Sea, a security source said Tuesday. 

The Turkish Coast Guard rescued 21 asylum seekers in the Aegean Sea after they were pushed back by Greek authorities, according to the Coast Guard Command.

Coast Guard Command teams rushed to the area following a tip that there were asylum seekers on life rafts off the coast of Datca district in Turkey’s Mugla province.

Separately, another 74 irregular migrants were rescued off Foca district in Izmir province from three life rafts after being pushed back by the Greek Coast Guard.

After routine checks, they were taken to the provincial migration authority.

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

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

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