Turkey migrants
Eight migrants, including three children, drowned off a Turkish coast. Picture: A Turkish Gendarme leads a group of refugees to buses to prevent them from sailing off for the Greek island of Chios in dinghies, at a beach in the western Turkish coastal town of Cesme, in Izmir province, Turkey, December 1, 2015.Reuters

At least eight migrants, including three children, drowned early on Thursday when their boat sank off the urkish coast near the Aegean city of Izmir.

The Turkish coast guard rescued 21 migrants, while 14 are still missing, AFP reported. Divers and coast guards are looking for the missing migrants.

The accident occurred two miles away from the Bademli coast in the Aegean. The overloaded boat sank after being hit by high waves.

In yet another accident off Turkey on Wednesday, at least 13 people, including seven children, drowned in the Aegean. So far more than 2.2 million Syrian refugees have taken shelter in Turkey.

According to the UN refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), over a million refugees and migrants have entered Europe this year and at least 8,00,000 have arrived in Greece.

Most of the migrants take the sea route to cross the border and enter Europe. At least 3,695 people, including infants, have died while attempting to migrate to Europe.

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