Avramopoulos in Ankara after migrant arrivals jump in Greece

Meetings together with ministers from France, Germany

03 October, 15:23

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, OCTOBER 3 - Dimitris Avramopoulos, the outgoing European Union Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, was in Ankara, Turkey on Thursday together with French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner and German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer to meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, said the Brussels delegation in Turkey.

    The focus of the meetings is cooperation on migratory policies and keeping the March 2016 accord, following significant increases in recent months in migrants flows into the European Union, especially Greece.

    Ankara said between January and September of this year it stopped 315,000 migrants who were attempting to cross illegally, representing a marked increase compared to the 268,000 migrants stopped in the entire year of 2018.

    Athens, for its part, is denouncing the significant increase in disembarkations on the Aegean Islands, which in September reached record highs that hadn't been seen since 2016, with more than 10,000 arrivals.

    After the meetings in Turkey, Avramopoulos, Castaner and Seehofer will travel Friday to Greece to speak about the issue with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the relevant Greek ministers.(ANSAmed).

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