Migrants: Greece accuses Turkey after the death of four children in a shipwreck

On October 26, 2021, the Greek Coast Guard said it had rescued 20 people from a migrant boat that sank in the Aegean Sea.

Four children drowned and one person is missing.

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Athens accuses Ankara of not making enough efforts to prevent the departure of migrants after the deadly sinking on Tuesday of a boat of migrants off the Greek coast from Turkey.

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With our correspondent in Athens,

Joël Bronner

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The Turkish authorities must do more to prevent the initial exploitation of migrants by criminal groups.

These crossings should never even be able to happen. 

So much for the reaction, on Twitter, of the Greek Minister of Migration, following the shipwreck which claimed the lives of four children " 

aged 3 to 14 

" off the island of Chios, Turkey's neighbor.

Notis Mitarakis had previously underlined "

 the efforts of the Greek coast guard 

" which came to the aid of the 22 other people, also present on board this small overloaded boat, called "dinghy".

Difficult weather conditions, combined with the high number of passengers, who were otherwise without life jackets, are believed to be the cause of the accident and the death of the children.

In 2015 and 2016, during the influx of asylum seekers and migrants, Greece was the main gateway to Europe.

However, the number of arrivals has dropped drastically over the past two years, in part due to the hardening of Greece's migration policy and informal push-backs.

This year, according to the count of the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), approximately 2,500 people made the crossing between Turkey and the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea.

With nearly 4 million people on its soil, most of them Syrians, 

Turkey

 is for its part the country which hosts the largest number of refugees in the world. 

See also: Refoulement of migrants: under pressure from Brussels, Greece opens an investigation

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