EU officials discussing migration Tuesday expressed concerns that a threat by Turkey to send its troops into northeast Syria.
might provoke a new wave of refugees to Europe.
Interior ministers meeting in Luxembourg, noted that the so-called eastern Mediterranean route.
from Turkey, to Greece has once again become the main channel for asylum-seekers reaching Europe.
“For Greece, the spike of the increase of the flows between May and today is an increase of 240 percent. You can imagine the scale of the challenge,” said Greece’s alternate minister for migration, Giorgios Koumoutsakos.
Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus delivered a joint statement at the meeting calling attention to the eastern Mediterranean route.
Sofia, Athens and Nicosia have called for additional funding for countries in the region to tackle the migration crisis.
Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said pressure levels along Bulgarian borders remain relatively low, thanks to good co-operation with Turkish authorities.