SULAIMANI – Over 6,000 people from Raparin administration have applied for the Turkish visa as means for migration into the European countries since the outset of 2021, Bakr Ali, who represents the group of the deported migrants in the Kurdistan Region, said on Tuesday (April 27).
Four Kurds died including two in the Greek refugee camps and the another two while trying to reach Italy.
Twenty other Kurdish migrants are in jail in Lebanon who were attempting to reach Europe from the country, Ali told Zhyan News Network.
According to the representative, the number of the people applying for the Turkish and some other countries’ visas are on the rise.
“Nearly 11,000 people have applied to obtain the Turkish visa in 2020. According to the inquiries, 90 percent of those achieving travel visas do not return to the Kurdistan Region and travel to the European countries from there,” he said.
He also said that most of visa applicants are from Raparin and Garmian administrations in the Kurdistan Region.
34,000 people emigrated from the Kurdistan Region and Iraq to Europe during 2020 and at least 35 died in the attempt, said Summit Foundation for Refugees and Displaced Affairs chief Ari Jalal to a local media outlet in March.
Despite the closure of borders and travel bans following the spread of COVID-19 globally, people continue to take hazardous journey abroad in a bid to secure a better livelihood away from home countries, especially in war-torn and corruption-rife countries.
People, especially youths, blame mismanagements and lack of job opportunities in the Region aggravated by budgetary disputes with the central authority in Baghdad and lack of alternatives by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in mitigating impacts of the economic crisis.