Europe left Turkey in lurch on migrant issue: Interior minister
İZMİR- Anadolu Agency
"If Turkey does not bear this issue [of irregular migrants] with determination, no government in Europe will be able to withstand this wave for more than six months," Süleyman Soylu said.
Soylu said those who want to turn Turkey into a center for irregular migrants will eventually pay a price for this indifference.
Turkey has been the main route for irregular migrants trying to cross to Europe, especially since 2011, the start of the Syrian civil war which has seen more than 10 million people displaced, according to UN figures.
Ankara has accused the EU of failing to fulfill its obligations under a 2016 deal aiming to discourage irregular migration to Europe via the Aegean Sea.