Turkish Coast Guard rescues 55 irregular migrants off western Turkey
55 irregular migrants were rescued from two inflatable boats off the coast of the Dikili and Çeşme districts of Turkey’s western İzmir province, Turkish Coast Guard Command announced in a statement on Tuesday.
The boats carrying 55 irregular migrants were pushed back to Turkish territorial waters by Greek Coast Guard forces, according to the statement.
Historically, Turkey has been a country of origin, transit, and destination for migrants and was a crossroads between Europe and Asia.
Recent regional events have contributed to Turkey increasingly becoming a major destination and transit country for those fleeing conflict, poverty, and disasters.
Turkey hosts one of the largest migrant and refugee populations in the world.
According to the official reports, 113,865 irregular migrants held across the country in 2020.