Turkey, Migration , europe

EU-Turkey deal fails to stop migrant route between Europe and Asia

Turkey was given incentives to stop migrants from making the perilous journey to Greece - but that seems to have failed.
Source: Virginia Mayo/TT

The number of migrants arriving in Lesbos has been rising despite a deal that was supposed to shut down the route between Europe and Asia.

On this one Greek island alone, we are told up to 100 people a day are now arriving from Turkey - a fourfold increase on a few months ago.

This is despite a 2016 agreement between the European Union and Turkey which was designed to bring this to an end.

On Wednesday night, we witnessed for ourselves that the deal has by no means stopped the flow of migration.

We had word a boatload of migrants were coming in to the north coast of the Greek island of Lesbos.

Along with international volunteers, we raced to the beach to find a rubber dinghy being escorted in by Spanish rescuers.

The migrants told us that the Turkish coastguard had tried and failed to stop their boat after it was cast to sea by smugglers.

Turkey was given a range of incentives to stop migrants from making the journey with smugglers to Greece in March 2016.

The alternative for migrants trying to reach Europe is a much more dangerous route through Africa and Libya and across the Mediterranean to Italy.

The arrivals - 24 in total - were all from Afghanistan and Egypt, including a number of small children.

We have been told there has been an increase in the number of children arriving in recent weeks - many of them unaccompanied.

One man told us: "It was a very difficult journey and the Turks beat us a lot."

People may have thought the EU-Turkey deal would have stopped all of this, but the reality appears to be very different.

Source: news.sky.com

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