STRASBOURG – EU Council President Donald Tusk says that Turkey has warned the European Union that millions of more refugees could flee the civil war in Syria, RFE/RL reports.
Tusk told EU lawmakers in Strasbourg on October 6 that “according to Turkish estimates, another 3 million potential refugees” could come just from Aleppo — Syria’s largest city — and the surrounding regions.
He added that “today millions of potential refugees and migrants are dreaming about Europe.”
Tusk’s statements come one day after he met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Brussels to discuss the issue.
Some 2 million Syrian refugees are currently living in Turkey, and tens of thousands of others have migrated to the EU via Greece in 2015.
Tusk warned EU deputies that “the world around us does not intend to help Europe” and said some of the EU’s neighbors “look with satisfaction at our troubles.”
An estimated 250,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war since it began in 2011 and millions of people displaced.