Drifting asylum seekers rescued off western Turkey
İZMİR- Anadolu Agency
A rubber boat drifting off the coast of western Izmir province with 34 asylum seekers was rescued on March 13 by Turkish Coast Guard units.
Turkish authorities received a distress call from the asylum seekers and found the boat drifting because a strom. All onboard were rescued.
They were referred to the provincial migration office.
Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers who want to cross into Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.
It hosts nearly 4 million refugees, including over 3.6 million Syrians, more than any other country in the world.