Turkey — Migrant Presence Monitoring - Situation Report (December 2020)

13 Jan 2021 Turkey English Download

Between 4 April 2016 and 31 December 2020, 2,139 migrants have been readmitted to Turkey from Greece. Main points of return from Greece include Lesbos, Chios, Kos and Samos, while the main readmission points to Turkey include Dikili, Çeşme, Bodrum and Adana airport.

According to the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) sources, in December 2020, a total number of 7,483 individuals were intercepted by TAF and handed over to Turkish law enforcement forces. The source doesn’t present the breakdown of the intercepted nationalities. According to TAF, out of this number 7,098 individuals were recorded as attempting to enter Turkey from the Syrian Arab Republic, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq and Greece. TAF also registered 385 individuals attempting to enter from Turkey into the Syrian Arab Republic, Greece, Iraq and Bulgaria.

According to Turkish Coast Guard (TCG) reports, the TCG apprehended 1,250 irregular migrants and no fatalities were recorded in December 2020. The top ten nationalities of apprehended/rescued misgrants are Afghan, Somali, Congolese, Syrian, Iranian, Pakistani, Palestinian, Central African, Senegalese and South African.


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