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.
Yildirim to attend Singapore-Turkey business forum and hold talks with president and prime minister
United Arab Emirates, three other Arab states cut ties with Qatar in June, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Turkey pays price of terrorist organizations’ instability
A predominantly Turkmen city, Tal Afar was captured by ISIL in mid-2014
International cooperation and genuine commitment is key to fight all forms of terrorism, says presidential spokesman
Security forces also seize M16 rifle, 2 hand grenades and walkie-talkie in Diyarbakir province
Number of people in need increases every day despite efforts from global community, ministry says
Head of Foreign Affairs Committee Taha Ozhan says terror attacks in Spain 'targeted whole humanity'
PKK blamed for planting explosive device in Hakkari province
Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci reacts to German leader's statement about updating Turkey-EU customs deal
Turkish president calls on Germany-based Turks not to vote for 'hostile' CDU, SPD, Greens in September elections
Over 3,000 new foreign-partnered companies established in Turkey in first seven months of 2017
Turkish General Staff says 7 soldiers were also martyred in operations between Aug. 10-17
Turkish stocks fall 0.41 percent as US dollar/Turkish lira rate rises to 3.52
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a condolence letter to the Spanish King Felipe VI