The Syrian war continues, and Turkey no longer blocks migrants from reaching EU countries on February 28. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said 18,000 migrants have crossed the Turkish border into Europe.
Istanbul, Turkey (Merxwire) - Turkey no longer blocked Migrants from traveling to EU countries on February 28, opening the door to allow 18,000 Migrants to cross the Turkish border into Europe. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "through the country's open doors, the number of people arriving in Europe through Turkey in the next few days is expected to reach 25,000 to 30,000."
In order to escape the fate of the war, there are often many migrants who want to enter Europe through Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey can no longer handle the number of people who want to escape the Syrian war.
Keeping the door open
Turkey's decision follows a bombing attack on Turkish forces by Syrian government forces in northern Syria this week. The bombing killed at least 33 Turkish soldiers.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasized "it has been announced in the past that if these conditions continue, we will have to open the door." Turkey will continue to open the door. We believe that the European Union needs to keep its promises and we don't have to take care of so many refugees.
EU non-compliance promise
Millions of people entered Europe from the Aegean during the refugee crisis in 2015. In 2016, the European Union signed an agreement that would not allow migrants to cross Europe through Turkey.
However, Turkey has so far hosted 3.7 million Syrian refugees, as well as immigrants from other countries such as Afghanistan. It is the country that receives the most refugees in the world. This is very heavy pressure and burden.
Focus on immigration
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes that the EU has failed to keep its promises and Brussels has not provided financial assistance for the 2018 Turkish EU refugee agreement.
The EU should accept Syrian refugees from Turkey in accordance with the "one for one" principle of the agreement. Faced with an impending refugee wave, the Turkish government has ordered police, coast guard and border security officials to cease operations at refugees' land and sea crossings.