Aegean islands alarm as refugee numbers rise after Turkey coup attempt

30 Jul 2016
The Guardian/ Helena Smith

The Guardian reports that the numbers of refugees arriving in Greece have increased dramatically since the failed coup in Turkey. Although there had been a steady decline in the number of people arriving since the signing of the EU-Turkey deal back in March, it seems the recent political unrest in Turkey could change things. EU president Jean-Claude Juncker is concerned that the the "accord was at breaking point" because President Erdogan has already expressed reluctance about maintaining the deal. Many of the people arriving now in Greece fear the backlash of the coup in which thousands of people have been arrested. Uncertainty also continues to surround the question of the potential reinstatement of the death penalty in Turkey. 

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