Four people died after a migrant boat sank off the western coast of Turkey late yesterday, the Turkish interior ministry said today, adding that 30 others were still missing.
The boat sank off the coast of Izmir province, the ministry said in a statement, adding that search and rescue operations were underway to find the missing migrants.
Turkey has been the main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, especially since 2011, the start of Syria’s civil war.
Among the migrants held in 2017 in Turkey, the majority came from Pakistan — around 15,000 — followed by Afghans at around 12,000. Syrians totalled 10,000.