Turkish authorities detain smugglers and 1,300 migrants/asylum seekers in first show of commitment to EU

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Based on data gathered by the Hellenic Police and officials from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), IOM estimated that over 110,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Greece by sea since the beginning of November.

The detained refugees and migrants wanted to cross to the Greek island of Lesvos. The people in need were sent to a deportation centre, which can only accommodate 84 persons.


After Sunday’s agreement between the EU and Turkey on the European refugee crisis, the Turkish authorities launched major operations and detained smugglers and 1,300 migrants and asylum seekers  who wanted to enter the EU through Greece.

On 29 November, the EU discussed with Turkey about how to stem the illegal migratory flows into Europe. Turkey has committed to taking action following the conclusion of the EU-Turkey summit. The EU is also discussing plans for resettling hundreds of thousand...


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