One Syrian migrant has died and five others are reported missing after an inflatable boat carrying migrants capsized off Turkey’s northwestern coast late on Sept. 29.
The body of the dead migrant was found in a coastguard search after the Greece-bound inflatable migrant boat carrying Syrians capsized off Enez, a district in the northwestern province of Edirne.
Two other Syrian migrants were rescued over the capsizing that occurred in the Boztepe area of the Aegean Sea.
The search effort for five other migrants, who are said by those rescued to still be missing, is reported to be ongoing.
Edirne Police Department officers took around 55 previously spotted Syrian migrants, residing in rented apartments in Edirne, to the city’s migration management directorate in police buses early on Sept. 30.
Syrian migrants, including toddlers and children, were taken from two homes in Edirne’s Dilaverbey neighborhood to the migration management directorate, as a measure to prevent illegal crossing through Edirne, a northwestern city bordering Greece.
The migrants have identity cards stating that they are not allowed to reside in Edirne, according to a recent notice issued by the Interior Ministry.
Migrants in Turkey should be denied entry to provinces not listed on their identity cards, the notice stated.
Geographically located between war-torn Syria and Iraq in the southeast and the EU member states of Bulgaria and Greece in the northwest, Turkey has become a key transit point for those fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria and also for those looking for a higher standard of living in the EU.