70,000 migrants have made it to the European Union from Turkey this year, according to a confidential EU report, prompting some to question whether the EU-Turkey refugee deal has fallen apart completely.
The confidential EU report shows that the number of migrants and asylum seekers who’ve successfully crossed over into the EU from Turkey this year has nearly doubled in comparison to 2018, Die Welt reports.
From January to mid-December, 70,002 migrants from Turkey reached the European Union, marking an increase of 46 percent compared to the same period last year.
Close to 68,000 of those migrants made their way to from Turkey to Greece via the Aegean Sea. Today, most are living in the overcrowded migrant camps on Greece’s islands.
The remaining migrants are said to have made it Italy, Cyprus, and Bulgaria.