Turkey to Remove Refugees from Border Region by Week’s End, Edirne Governor Says
Hundreds of refugees hoping to cross the Turkish border into Greece or Bulgaria would have to return to refugee camps in southern Turkey, the governor of Turkey’s Edirne province has said.
“They have to leave here tomorrow and the day after tomorrow,” Anadolu Agency quoted Governor Dursun Ali Sahin as saying on Thursday.
Erdine province is bordering both Greece and Bulgaria.
“The refugees have been misinformed about migration to European countries and so they come to Edirne. If they stay in Edirne they will try to reach Greece or Bulgaria. We cannot permit them to stay here,” the governor said.
Hundreds of refugees, most of them Syrians, staged a sit-in protest at Edirne’s bus station, calling for the borders to be opened. Many refused food or water being offered by Turkish aid workers, insisting they wanted to continue into Europe, according to the Turkish news agency.
Turkey currently hosts about two million Syrian refugees.
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