Europe facing renewed refugee crisis as Syrians flock to Turkey border - Forbes

Any hope of Europe’s migrant crisis abating has faded as Syrians scramble from the country’s last rebel-stronghold of Idlib to the border with Turkey, a country that has made no bones about shouldering the migrant burden alone, Forbes magazine said on Tuesday.

Tens, if not hundreds, of thousands in war-torn Syria are looking to leave Idlib province, as Russian-backed government forces have closed in, causing 235,000 to abandon their homes, the article said.

Turkey, home to some 3.6 million Syrian refugees, has said the country cannot handle another refugee wave from rebel-held Idlib, which is home to some three million people including many displaced by Syria's civil war.

Ankara and Moscow agreed in September 2018 to prevent another wave of massive refugee flow from Idlib, but Syrian government forces launched an offensive in the region in late April with air support from Moscow, citing Ankara’s failure to fulfil its promises. 

The latest developments in Syria bear all the hallmarks of 2015’s migrant upheaval, Forbes said, pointing to what was the apex of the ongoing refugee crisis when more than a million migrants arrived in Europe.

The crisis prompted the EU in 2016 to sign a deal with Turkey aimed to cut the influx of Syrian refugees arriving in Greece. According to the deal, the EU promised the allocation of €6 billion in aid to Turkey to help migrants. 

Ankara is accused, however, of noncompliance, the article said, pointing out that Turkish patrol boats have reportedly reneged on their obligations, allowing refugee vessels to cross the Aegean Sea into Greek waters.

With Erdoğan looking to rid his country of its refugee contingent and resettle them in Syria’s northeast, it is glaringly evident that the migrants are a political burden no one wants to shoulder, the article said.