At least 18 migrants drown off Turkey

A man carries a child as they try to reach a shore after falling into the sea while disembarking from a dinghy on which they crossed a part of the Aegean sea with other refugees and migrants from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos on Sunday Jan. 3 2

Nearly all came by sea, while 3,692 drowned in the attempt.

The coastguard rescued 21 people travelling by a boat that capsized due to strong waves and overloading.

The wooden boat tipped over near the town of Dikili, which lies directly opposite the Greek Island of Lesbos, the destination for thousands of refugees trying to reach Europe.

The deaths today are the third in as many days between Turkey's southwestern coast and nearby Greek islands and coincides with falling temperatures and rougher seas.

A migrant boat has sank off the coast of Turkey in the Aegan Sea killing 19 people including six children. In another tragedy on Tuesday 11 migrants drowned.

According to the recent figures released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than one million refugees have reached Europe's shores so far this year, while almost 3,700 people have either died or gone missing in their perilous journey to the continent.

The wooden boat capsized on Thursday, when it tried to cross from Turkey's Izmir province, to the Greek island of Lesbos.

Turkey struck a deal with the European Union in November pledging to help stem the flow of migrants to Europe in return for 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) of financial aid for the 2.2 million Syrian refugees it is hosting, as well as renewed talks on joining the 28-nation bloc.

Turkey, which hosts more than 2 million refugees from Syria and is a transit point for migrants from Afghanistan and Iraq, is a major gateway for people trying to make their way to Europe. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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