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Nato diplomats said that rather than direct intervention, intelligence gathered about people-smugglers is likely to be handed over to Turkish coastguards to allow them to combat the traffickers more effectively.
Yet there have been numerous incidents where interactions between larger coastguard ships and refugee boats have resulted in the latter being capsized, and it is not known how people smuggler captains will react to sighting a large Nato warship in their path.
Nato confirmed that any refugees it "saves" from the vessels will be taken back to Turkey. According to Reuters, the Greek and Turkish coastguards will continue to operate exclusively within their own territorial waters.
European countries have been experiencing an influx of migrants seeking asylum in recent years especially from Northern Africa, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, yet to this date European cities struggle in dealing with these human tragedies. Case in point is the French city of Calais.
Asylum seekers from Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Eritrea have made Calais a place in which they hope to use as a crossing point from France to the United Kingdom, whereas French authorities have been restricting their stay in the city while at the same time are demolishing their camps.
Refugees seeking to reach to the U.K., sneak on to trucks travelling to Britain, or use the Channel Tunnel. However, on the road to a safer haven, many of them unfortunately die in those very same trucks.
Meanwhile, refugees escaping Syria and Iraq's civil wars have been welcomed by Turkish authorities and placed in well-organized camps in Turkey's southern border provinces. Many of the camps have schools, playgrounds for children, and other social amenities, including psychological assistance. Turkey has spent nearly six billion dollars on its refugee programs, while assistance from EU countries was around a meager 450 million dollars.
According to recent U.N. figures, Turkey hosts nearly two million Syrian refugees who have fled the civil war in Syria - which has been continuing for over four years - in 25 camps built by the Prime Ministry of Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).
The camps have received several awards and been praised by international visitors for their efforts in providing sustainable services. The largest camp is in the border town of Suruç, located in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, which opened in February 2015 and hosts nearly 25,000 refugees.
The striking difference between Europe and Turkey's handling of the refugee situation in their countries is clearly portrayed in the photo above, where the left represents a shot from a refugee camp in Turkey's southern district of Şuruç, while the images on the right were taken of make shift camps where migrants in the French city of Calais are forced to spend their time until they get a chance to flee to the U.K.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday said that Turkey will be patient up to a point over the crisis in Syria and could be forced to take action if necessary. Erdoğan said, he had previously told two top EU's officials, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk, that the time could come when Turkey would open the gates for refugees to travel to Europe.
. . . the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion…
originally posted by: Daalder
Troops building up at the Baltic sea ... troops build up at Turkey.
This is a Nato WW3 tactical move.
Remember their strategy: to contain Russia's expansion.
Dangerous games we play.
Leck mich am mokka.
originally posted by: Antipathy17
"Nato confirmed that any refugees it "saves" from the vessels will be taken back to Turkey"
Wait, refugees are fleeing turkey to go to Syria?!?! I am confused... Why are these people leaving Turkey? They have to be from Turkey if they are being taken BACK. Unless these guys aren't heading toward Syria but outward.
Is this Nato trying to trick us into thinking they are helping when they are really just shipping "Syrians" into turkey.
originally posted by: Flanker86
NATO ships cannot possibly help anybody in rescuing or facing immigration problems. NATO ships are war weapons, their only purpose is going to be to fight against the kurds, unless the USA stops these operations and vetos any such crazy manouvers. That said, deployment would take a rather long time and from announcing to actual policy put in practice would take about a month. So they are not yet there.