World Bulletin / News Desk
The data seems to reflect the success of the EU-Turkey deal that came into effect last March to cut illegal migration and clamp down on human trafficking.
According to the Coast Guard command, 756 people were intercepted in January compared to 5,506 in the same month last year. Last month’s figure is the second-lowest number of people intercepted in the Aegean in two years.
During January 2016, 103 people drowned while attempting to reach Greece. Last month there were no recorded fatalities.
Tens of thousands have attempted the short but dangerous journey across the Aegean before heading to northern and western Europe. The International Organization for Migration has estimated there were more than 363,000 arrivals in Europe by sea last year.
Under a deal with the EU, Turkey has stepped up efforts to prevent illicit migrants reaching EU member Greece and has agreed to take back those who land in Greece in return for the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Europe.
Total foreign direct investments reaches $2.8B in first quarter
Foreign Ministry summoned US ambassador to Turkey to protest 'unprofessional actions' of American security personnel
Turkish president expected to hold series of meetings with world leaders
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German magazine accuses Energy Minister of having ‘huge amount of money in Dubai’
Hulusi Akar says fight with terror to continue against PKK/PYD/YPG, FETO, ISIL until the last terrorist is neutralized
Suspects accused of using ByLock messenger app, being members of FETO terror group
Journalist writer Akif Emre has lost his life after a heart attack this morning.
Indexes for Turkey's service, construction and retail sectors improved in May compared to April, TurkStat says
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu sends condolences after explosion claims 22 lives at pop concert
Ankara protests against 'aggressive and unprofessional' acts of US personnel towards foreign minister’s team last week
Treasury says 60 percent of debt is in Turkish lira
Last day of games in Azerbaijani capital sees 71 gold, 67 silver and 57 bronze medals for Turkey
Turkish president speaks at Istanbul event to mark 25th anniversary of Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu says Turkey EU membership would create 'convenient environment' for trade