Number of refugees crossing from Turkey to EU soars - report

The number of migrants reaching Europe from Turkish soil in the first 9 months of 2019 has reached to 46,546, with 23 percent increase regarding the same period last year, Deutsche Welle said on Sunday, citing a European Union report.

Some 3,710 migrants arrived in Greece from Turkey between 23-29 September, marking the highest number of arrivals for the period since the EU-Turkey refugee deal.

Turkey and EU in 2016 agreed on a deal that aimed to cut the influx of Syrian refugees arriving in Greece. According to the deal, the EU promised the allocation of €3 billion in aid to Turkey to help migrants. The deal also included the end of visa restrictions applied to Turkish citizens when travelling to Europe as of June 2016, but the visa restrictions still remain.

As per the agreement, Turkey has taken measures to drastically reduce the number of attempted crossings since 2016.

However, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has threatened to “open the gates” for migrants earlier this month, saying that the EU has not kept its promises yet.