The threat of a pandemic of a new type of coronavirus infection forced tens of thousands of refugees to leave Turkey’s border areas with Greece, where they had been staying for more than a month in the hope of admission to the European Union, as Anadolu news agency reports.
"Recognizing the unwillingness of the Greek authorities to open checkpoints for applicants, to apply for asylum and the high risk of coronavirus infection if quarantine measures are ignored, refugees turned to the Office for Migration in the province of Edirne with a request to help them leave the border area. With the support of the administration of the governor of Edirne, the buses with refugees were assigned to temporary locations and placed under a quarantine," the report said.
At the end of quarantine, they will be sent to the relevant regions of Turkey.
On February 29, Turkey opened the borders with the EU for migrants. Hundreds of people went to the border on foot.
Turkey decided to open the borders after the escalation of hostilities in the Syrian province of Idlib, where 33 Turkish soldiers died as a result of attacks by troops of Bashar al-Assad and the Russian Federation.
As we reported, 430 Ukrainian citizens have been evacuated from Turkey. These are the people who could not return home from the moment of shutting the border down on March 16.