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Afghan Refugees Entering Italy in Boats Sailing Out of Turkey

Afghan refugeesAfghan refugees were found in sailboats on the shores of a beach in Italy. Credit: Afghans Entering Italy via Yachts Sailing out of Turkey, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Afghan refugees attempting to find sanctuary in Europe washed up in the Calabria region of Southern Italy last week. The refugees, who are hoping to escape the present unrest in their home country at the hands of the Taliban, took an unusual route via Turkey to the shores of Italy.

Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian, and Kurdish families with more resources at their disposal have begun shelling out large amounts of money to travel from Turkey on discrete sailboats that evade the authorities’ suspicions. The sailboats are typically operated by Ukrainian smugglers working together with the Turkish or Italian mafias.

These routes are known as taking “1st class,” but the experience is often a harrowing one for those on board. Passengers describe being crowded on the boats with 100 other people as they ran out of food and hydration.

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