Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warns of the new influx of refugees

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The Turkish president appeals to the EU regarding refugee policy: if the numbers continue to increase, his country “cannot bear the burden alone”.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has warned the EU that his country cannot cope with a new significant increase in refugee numbers from Syria alone. If the number of refugees continues to increase, Turkey “cannot bear the burden alone,” Erdoğan said at an event in Istanbul. According to him, the effects would then be “felt in all European countries, starting with Greece”.

Erdoğan warned of conditions such as those in the refugee crisis of 2015. Since the Syrian Army’s offensive and its allied Russian Air Force intensified in the Maarat al-Numan region in the Idlib province, tens of thousands of people have made their way north from there Turkish border made. Erdoğan put the number of people fleeing Idlib to Turkey at around 80,000.

Since the EU refugee agreement between Turkey and the EU in March 2016, the number of Syrians entering the European Union via Turkey has decreased significantly, but recently the number has increased again. Many of them are fleeing the Turkish coast with boats to the Greek Aegean Islands, as they did at the 2015 crisis.

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