Turkey is on a major migration route with ever-increasing numbers of illegal immigrants trying to cross its territory towards Europe. Given the magnitude of the problem, the solutions are beyond the means of a single country, requiring international burden sharing. Providing shelter, food, medical treatment as well as bearing the return costs of such high number of illegal immigrants puts heavy financial burden on the already strained resources of Turkey.

Turgay Şahan, General Manager of TAV Private Security Services Inc., gave a speech regarding illegal transnational movement in the Mediterranean Region.

Current efforts to limit migration have only succeeded in shifting migration routes, forcing many seeking refuges to take more dangerous, riskier routes to Europe.

Mr. Şahan said that Turkey is on a major migration route with ever-increasing numbers of illegal immigrants trying to cross its territory towards Europe. Given the magnitude of the problem, the solutions are beyond the means of a single country, requiring international burden sharing. Providing shelter, food, medical treatment as well as bearing the return costs of such high number of illegal immigrants puts heavy financial burden on the already strained resources of Turkey. Given the exponential rise of irregular migrants and the humanitarian crises that accompany their failed attempts to reach European shores, EU states, including Italy, are under a growing pressure to restructure and align their immigration and asylum policies and practices. Current efforts to limit migration have only succeeded in shifting migration routes, forcing many seeking refuges to take more dangerous, riskier routes to Europe.

In France, growth in nightly hotel room bookings after the Paris attacks fell to single digits from 20 percent.

He also highlighted the Challenges Ahead;

The problem of organized crime is not new, but the scope, scale and spread of the phenomena is now unprecedented. It affects all countries, developed, middle-income and developing, as well as states beset by political instability and conflict. The impacts can be diverse, but the common feature is that organized crime negatively affects the life chances of ordinary people: it undercuts key institutions, damages the environment, distorts or impedes economic growth and it fuels conflict.

In Belgium, where terrorists boom mbed the Brussels airport and subway, the biggest hits were to hotels, restaurants and tourism

While there is growing consensus as to the rapid evolution and detrimental impact of organized crime, there is much less agreement around what constitutes an effective response. Combating illegal migration does not only mean taking security measures but also, opening communications between the parties concerned and trying to understand the root causes of the problem for finding solutions.

The problem of organized crime is not new, but the scope, scale and spread of the phenomena is now unprecedented.

Opening channels for legal, regulated migration may have positive and constructive effects.

Turkey is on a major migration route with ever-increasing numbers of illegal immigrants trying to cross its territory towards Europe

Regulated migration, integrated solutions between countries of origin, transit and destination and mutual interests may contribute to development in all countries of the Mediterranean.

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