At least six Afghan children have drowned following a rubber dinghy carrying asylum seekers sank off Turkey’s Aegean coast.
Turkey’s coastguard recovered the bodies of the kids but was nonetheless seeking for two other men and women reported missing, the country’s official state news agency mentioned.
The asylum seekers were apparently hoping to make it to the Greek island of Chios but their boat capsized in sturdy winds and high waves.
1 of the kids drowned was reportedly a child.
Turkey has stepped up efforts to cease asylum seekers leaving by sea, final week arresting three,000 folks who have been believed to be waiting to make the journey to Europe.
In a separate incident on Monday, the physique of a five-year-old girl washed up on a beach in Turkey.
In September the drowning death of 3-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi sparked an international contact for a lot more to be accomplished to help folks fleeing conflict.
Germany is now the leading European destination for individuals fleeing conflict, repression and misery in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
It registered 964,574 new asylum seekers in the first 11 months of the year.
Subjects: refugees, immigration, neighborhood-and-society, maritime, turkey, afghanistan