Over 40 migrants trying to cross to Europe held in Turkey

At least 41 migrants looking to cross to Europe were held in Turkey's western Izmir province, security sources told the state-run Anadolu news agency on Friday.

Turkey, home to about 3.7 million Syrian refugees, is a popular crossing point for migrants and asylum seekers seeking to reach Europe via Greek islands.

The country opened its gates earlier this year to migrants seeking to cross to Europe, accusing the EU of failing to keep its promises under a 2016 migrant deal.

According to the 2016 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. Furthermore, both parties agreed to boost Turkey´s EU bid.

On Wednesday, Anadolu had reported that the Turkish coast guard rescued 82 refugees at sea after Greek authorities pushed their boats back to Turkish waters in two separate spots, off the coast of Izmir’s Dikili and Karaburun towns.