THE MIGRANTS’ PATH OF HOPE ‘BAYONET HAS GONE UP TO ROCK!

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Revised May, 2024 – Resource, Turkey iResidence, Foreigner Residence Services.
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THE MIGRANTS’ PATH OF HOPE ‘BAYONET HAS GONE UP TO THE ROCK ISLAND

The journey of hope of migrants who have come to Turkey from different parts of the world and are on their way to a new life ends in the cold waters of the Aegean Sea… Migrants rescued by Coastguard teams from Bayonet Rock Island as it was about to freeze to death say they will not give up on their dream of Europe.

Cesme Izmir / Migrants have been trying to reach the European countries they dream of from the Aegean Sea to Greece and from there for many years. But for many, this dream can turn into a nightmare because of the inhumane treatment that the Greek Coast Guard forces are inflicting. We, as a nationality, have also recently witnessed the inhuman practices of the soldiers of Greece.

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THE RESCUED MIGRANTS SPOKE ON THE COAST GUARD BOAT

Helplessness on the faces. It was found that the Tuesday of 15 Palestinian irregular migrants who wanted to go to Greece illegally from Izmir Cesme was confiscated by the Greek Coast Guard and the migrants were put on a life raft and pushed into the sea. At midnight, we received a notification from the Coast Guard Aegean Sea Regional Command Auxiliary Search and Rescue and Coordination Center, and we decamped with the team acting to rescue the migrants in the coast guard boat. The sight we saw was deplorable. We saw that the migrants who were released to the sea on Tuesday came out to Bayonkgü Kaya Island in the Aegean Sea by their own efforts. The helplessness of the migrants who had been waiting to be rescued on Bayonet Rock Island for hours was also reflected on their faces.

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ANXIOUS LOOK IN THE EYES

The anxiety in the eyes of the migrants, who were taken from the island to the coast guard boat and were seen shivering from the cold, was also remarkable. The migrants, who said they had set off illegally from the Aegean Sea on a boat as 17 people on Monday, were detained in Greece for two days after their phones, passports and money were confiscated and plastic handcuffs were put on their hands, he said. Tuesday, the migrants, who said they included a woman and a child, were taken to a camp in Greece, and they were decommissioned with a life raft and were at sea for hours.

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HIS FIRST WORDS: WE ARE COLD

The first sentence that the migrants who were taken to the Coast Guard boat said was, ‘We are very cold’. It is worth noting that many of them also have wet clothes. Although the migrants, who were given blankets by the authorities on the Coast Guard boat, tried to warm up a little, the weather was showing 3 degrees. Besides, it was raining on us on the one hand. The common dream of the migrants, who were taken to a more sheltered place in the boat, was to go to Europe one day and establish a new life there. Some of them have not given up trying, despite being caught and sent back many times, and they say they will continue to try, while others say they will give up hope of leaving and return to Palestine.

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I WANT TO LIVE HUMANELY

Those refugees who risked death for a new life and wanted to go to Europe illegally, but whose dreams ended up in the Aegean Sea, described the nightmarish moments they experienced:

RM (26): “We came to Turkey 4 months ago from Palestine. After staying in Istanbul for a while, we came to Izmir a week ago. There has been a war in the geography where we live for many years. There are no jobs, and poverty is too much. There are no human rights in Arab countries. I want to go to Europe to live humanely. The value given to the animal in Europe is not given to man in the Arab countries. I am willing to go to Europe and see the value given to the animal. I want to live humanely. Some of my family went to Switzerland this way. And I’ll try until I get there. Today our passport, phone and all our money were taken. They beat us up. And those who did this were not Greek soldiers, but the Greek mafia.”

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THEY BEAT US UP AND SENT US AWAY

AH (35): “I came from Palestine to Egypt, via Egypt to Istanbul two weeks ago. Everything was arranged. My brother gave a thousand 400 euros to the people who would send us to Greece in boats. But we couldn’t leave, and after they confiscated everything and beat us up, they sent us back. They confiscated my passport, and now I don’t know what to do. I tried to go for the first time, but it didn’t happen, I won’t try again. I will return to Istanbul and request a passport from the Consulate General of Palestine. I have 3 children and a wife in Palestine. Of course I wouldn’t want to leave them and go. But there are no jobs in Palestine. I was working in Dubai before the pandemic, when the pandemic started, we were terminated. We have relatives in Sweden. I was planning to go to them, but it didn’t happen. The wife and 3-year-old child of a relative of ours who was in Sweden were also with us. The Greeks took the mother and baby to the camp there, but they beat us up and sent us away.”

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I’M NOT THINKING OF RETURNING

OY (24): “I came to Turkey 6 months ago from Palestine. I worked in a textile workshop in Istanbul for a while, but they gave me very little money. Before that, I had 4 more attempts to pass, but each time the Greek soldiers sent us back. Last time we were there, they held us for two days and after confiscating everything, putting plastic handcuffs on our hands and putting us Tuesday a life raft, they opened the plastic handcuffs. I’ll try to get through until I leave. I’m not thinking of returning to Palestine. There’s nothing I can do there. I want to go to any country in Europe and live there for the rest of my life.”

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THOSE WHO ARE LEAVING ARE HAPPIER

CA (25): “I have been in Turkey for 6 months. There is war and a bad life in Palestine. People have been fleeing Palestine for years. I also want to go to Germany. All those who have left are happier where they have gone. I’ll try until I leave.”

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I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO

EZ (20): “I came to Turkey 4 months ago. I worked at a furniture store in Istanbul. My passport has been confiscated, and now I don’t know what to do. All I wanted was to go to Europe and take my family in Gaza with me.”

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20 THOUSAND 782 MIGRANTS WERE RESCUED IN 1 YEAR

Dec January 1st and December 22nd, 2021, a total of 20,782 irregular migrants, including 11,930 men, 4,442 women and 4,420 children, were rescued by the coast guard within the responsibility area of the Coast Guard Aegean Sea Regional Command by the coast guard. The nationalities of the rescued irregular migrants were as follows: one thousand 964 Somalis, 3 thousand 679 Afghans, 3 thousand 110 Syrians, one thousand 828 Congolese and one thousand 790 Palestinians.

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AFRICANS ARE IN THE FIRST PLACE

According to the information obtained, in recent years, especially Africans have been trying to get to Greece on the Aegean Sea illegally and from there to Europe.

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