Erdogan, Hollande talk refugee crisis

Erdogan, Hollande talk refugee crisis
# 04 September 2015 03:44 (UTC +04:00)

The phone conversation came after the drowning of 12 Syrian refugees, including eight children, off coast of the Turkish resort town of Bodrum early Wednesday after their boat en route to the Greek islands sank in the Aegean Sea.

Europe is facing the biggest refugee crisis in decades, with thousands of asylum seekers from Middle Eastern and African countries trying to reach Western Europe.

The two leaders agreed that all countries and specifically the European Union should take the necessary steps to tackle the crisis.

Hollande said that France would help Turkey more for the refugees and praised Turkey's assistance for the migrants especially for those coming from Syria, the sources said.

Erdogan, in his part, said that Turkey expected the international community to do its part for the crisis, reminding that his country hosted about 2 million Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

The Bodrum coast in the Turkish south-western Mugla province is a preferred location for migrants trying to reach Kos, as the route is among the shortest by sea from Asia to EU territory.

In July, a record 100,000 reached EU borders, while more than 150,000 entered Hungary in the first eight months of the year. Germany alone expects 800,000 asylum applications in 2015, four times the number last year.

Around 2,500 refugees and migrants have died or gone missing trying to reach Europe this year alone, according to the UN.