The Turkish authorities have started the implementation of their plan to repatriate hundreds of Moroccan migrants in an irregular situation, who are currently on their territory. Having become the new gateway to Europe, Turkey has begun to impose a strict security blockade on North African migrants who now consider the country as a transit station to European Union countries.
According to testimony obtained by Hespressthe Turkish authorities have built security and military camps to receive migrants repatriated from Greece, including Moroccans in particular, who will be the subject of investigations in view of their repatriation to their country of origin, with a ban on traveling to Turkey for 5 years.
On their journey to the EU, the ” Haraga (migrants) as they are nicknamed in Morocco, are forced to leave their passports with their acquaintances in Turkey, for fear of losing or damaging them, especially since the NATO forces and the Greek army do not show no flexibility in their treatment of migrants. The latter are therefore treated as invaders threatening the internal security of the country, and not as refugees.
Imad (22), one of the Moroccan immigrants wishing to cross to Europe via Greece, said that ” Turkish authorities have arrested several migrants due to their illegal residence in the country“, noting that a number of them reside in Esenyurt, or in the Fatih district of Istanbul.
Once there, the Haraga Moroccans rely on Syrian smugglers who have previously transported a number of migrants across the Evros River, which traces the border between Greece and Turkey for more than 150 kilometers.