They’re still piling themselves in……..
The number of migrants arriving on the Greek islands has DOUBLED since the failed military coup in Turkey
Syrian refugees arrive on an inflatable boat with other refugee after crossing the sea from Turkey to Lesbos (stock image)
- More than 1,170 have crossed the Aegean in the fortnight since July’s coup
- The figure is compared to just 560 who arrived in the two weeks before
- Comes as Turkish government threatens to pull out of £5 billion EU deal
- EU leaders agreed to hand over cash if Turkey took back migrant travellers
The number of migrants arriving on the Greek islands has doubled since the failed military coup in Turkey.
More than 1,170 have crossed the Aegean in the fortnight following the attempted putsch on 15 July, compared to just 560 in the two weeks before.
The surge of people comes as the Turkish government threatens to aggravate the crisis even further by pulling out of its six billion euros (£5bn) deal with the EU to stem the influx.
European leaders in March agreed to hand over the cash and ease visa restrictions on travellers from Turkey if it took back all those arriving on the Greek islands, including the popular holiday destinations Lesbos and Kos.
But Brussels has said Turkey’s 80 million citizens will not be granted visa-free travel until it fulfils a list of benchmarks including revising its anti-terrorism laws.
Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu yesterday said the country will walk away from the agreement unless EU leaders back down – risking a massive new rush of people to the continent.