Turkey banned 24,120 illegal immigrants from entering Greece since beginning of '16 – Spokesman

ANKARA, March 2 (KUNA) — Turkey announced Wednesday that a total of 24,120 illegal immigrants have been stopped so far by Turkish coast guards from entering Greece’s islands between January and February 2016.
On February 15th alone, Turkish authorities banned 985 illegal immigrants from crossing the country and arrested 93 human traffickers, Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in a press conference.
Bilgic indicated that his country has expressed willingness to sign readmission agreements with 14 countries as part of a step to enable Ankara from bringing back immigrants who have been rejected by the EU.
Turkey has taken all measures to prevent illegal immigrants, he said, pointing out the major decrease in the number of illegal immigrants to Greece in the first two months of current year.
Meanwhile, Bilgic called the EU to honor its commitments and promises to the Syrians by allocating EUR 3 billion to Turkey in order to help the Union in hosting Syrian immigrants. (end) rs.ma