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Illegal immigration: many migrants enter Europe via Turkey

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Migrants standing on the vessel Ezadeen at Corigliano Calabro harbor in southern Italy, 3 January  2015.
Migrants standing on the vessel Ezadeen at Corigliano Calabro harbor in southern Italy, 3 January 2015. Reuters/Antonino Condorelli
By: Dorian Jones
4 min

The recent arrival on Italian shores of two crew-less ships filled with over a thousand mainly Syrian refugees has put the spotlight on Turkey and its role in people smuggling. At least one of ships, if not both, is believed to have used Turkey as a base for picking up its human cargo, the European Union has demanded action by Ankara.

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