Immigration to Europe
The number of pending Turkish asylum applications to EU countries has exceeded 17,000 following the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, hitting a record high for the country since the 1980 military coup.
At least 17 irregular migrants have been rescued in the Aegean Sea off Turkey's southwestern coast, said security sources on Oct .27.
Spain said July 28 it had rescued more than 1,200 migrants from the sea in two days as the country's interior minister called for a European-wide solution to illegal immigration.
In 2016, the European Union has given citizenship to almost one million people, most of them Moroccans, followed by Albanians, Indians, Pakistanis and Turks, according to Eurostat data released on Monday. This pan-European trend, however, does not apply to Bulgaria, where nearly a third of the granted citizenships are given to Russians, Ukrainians and Turks.
European Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos has described as "unacceptable" the refusal by some European Union countries to take some of the weight off fellow member states by taking in asylum seekers.
Such a move would relieve countries such as Greece and Italy which continue to shoulder the burden of Europe's migration crisis, Avramopoulos told Agence France-Presse.