The very disingenuous Turkish government.
In 2016 Turkey and the EU signed an agreement outlining that Turkey would work to prevent migrants from reaching the EU over both land and sea routes. In exchange, the EU promised Turkey up to €6 billion ($6.8 billion), primarily to help Turkey support the refugees it had taken in.
Rise in migrants reaching EU from Turkey: media report
Citing a confidential EU report, German newspaper “Welt am Sonntag” has reported that the total number of migrants arriving in the bloc via Turkey rose to 51,000 in 2018, despite a deal to stem such migration flows.
The number of migrants reaching the European Union from Turkey rose in 2018, the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported, citing a confidential report from the EU Commission.
According to the paper, the total number of migrants who arrived in the EU via Turkey rose to just under 51,000 in 2018 from around 42,000 the year before, an increase of 22 percent.
Of those 51,000, the large majority arrived in Greece, some 48,000 individuals, the paper said. Other EU arrival destinations were Italy, Bulgaria, and Cyprus.
Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan were the most common countries of origins for the migrants.