Security forces capture 23 refugees in Turkey’s Kirklareli

Turkish security forces capture 23 refugees trying to illegally cross into Europe from western province of Kirklareli

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish security officials reported that 23 refugees were seized on Monday while they were attempting to cross into Europe illegally.

Officials said that the refugees, who were Syrian and Iraqi citizens, were sent to the immigration office for legal procedures.

Thousands of refugees have been marching towards western European countries, using a route through Greece-Macedonia-Serbia-Hungary-Austria from east to west and forcing the 28-member bloc to face its worst refugee crisis in decades.

One of the most preferred transit points for Syrian refugees trying to enter Europe is through neighbouring country Turkey.

Turkey hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees with almost 2.2 million refugees.

Turkey and the European Union (EU) reached a deal over aiding Syrian refugees in a summit that brought together EU leaders and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Brussels on Nov. 30.

EU confirmed that the 28-nation bloc will provide 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) for Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Turkey is expected to expand patrols across the Aegean Sea and along its borders with Greece and Bulgaria.  

EU officials have pinpointed that the best way to reduce the influx of refugees entering Europe is to cooperate with Turkey because the country effectively managed to keep refugees within its borders in the previous years.

Meanwhile, with respect to the issue, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that due to the Russian bombardments causing civilian deaths in Syria, a new wave of migration to Turkey could be imminent.

Cavusoglu also said that the solution for refugees could be provided with the establishment of a safe zone within the borders of Syria.

TRTWorld and agencies