Monday, April 4, 2016

First Boats of Migrants from Greece Reach Turkey; Part of EU-Turkey Contract to Ease Migrant Crisis

The first boats carrying migrants being deported from Greece arrived in Turkey today (April 4, 2016), as part of an EU (European Union) plan aimed at easing mass migration to Europe, according to the BBC website.

Most of the 202 people who left the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios, and arrived in Dikili in western Turkey, are Pakistanis.

Ewa Moncure -- spokeswoman for the EU border agency Frontex -- told reporters in Lesbos that the first returns were carried out calmly.

Under the EU-Turkish deal, migrants arriving illegally in Greece will be sent back to Turkey if they do not apply for asylum or if their claim is rejected.

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