The Turkish Coast Guard rescued at least 29 asylum seekers, who were pushed back by Greece into Turkish waters, according to a security source on Saturday.
THEY WERE TRANSFERRED TO THE PROVINCIAL MIGRATION OFFICE
Acting on a tip-off, the coast guard teams rushed to the scene off Foca district of western Izmir province to bring the foreign national asylum seekers stranded on a life boat to the shore, said a source on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers who want to cross into Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.
Earlier this year, Turkey opened its gates to irregular migrants, accusing the EU of failing to keep its promises under a 2016 migrant deal.