Over 100,500 migrants leave Turkey to reach Europe

2nd Mar 2020
Over 100,500 migrants leave Turkey to reach Europe

By Sena Guler and Jeyhun Aliyev

 

ANKARA (AA): The number of irregular migrants leaving Turkey for Europe has reached 100,577 as of Sunday evening, Suleyman Soylu said.

The migrants are leaving Turkey through northwestern Edirne province bordering with Greece and Bulgaria.

Thousands of migrants flocked to Pazarkule, a border gate with Greece, after Turkish officials announced Friday they would no longer try to stop irregular migrants from reaching Europe.

It followed an attack by Syrian Government forces on Turkish troops in the Idlib de-escalation zone, in Syria, which killed 34 soldiers.

Turkey already hosts some 3.7 million migrants from Syria alone, more than any other country in the world.

Ankara has repeatedly complained that Europe has failed to keep its promises under the 2016 EU-Turkey refugee deal to help migrants and stem further migrant waves.

[Photo: Irregular migrants trying to cross the border through destroyed barbed wire fences at the Pazarkule Border Gate in Karaagac neighbourhood in Edirne, Turkey on March 01, 2020 to reach Greece. Photographer: Gökhan Balcı/AA]

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