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Migrant crisis: Greece starts deportations to Turkey

Scores of migrants boarded ferries on the Greek island of Lesbos and arrived in Dikili, western Turkey

BBC reports: the first boats carrying migrants being deported from Greece has arrived in Turkey as part of an EU plan aimed at easing mass migration to Europe.

EU’s border agency says that more than 130 migrants, mostly Pakistani, have been already shipped back to Turkey; another ferry filled with refugees is expected to leave the Greek shore Monday.

Although the deal under which the migrants are being sent back has been attacked by human rights activists, Greek authorities began the deportation process and claimed that first people deported did not apply for the asylum. Refugees in Greece have already complained that they have not been acquainted with the rules of an updated migrational process and were not aware of the fact they might be deported back.

The AP reported that the refugee agency Frontex lacks nine-tenth of the needed personnel to administer the deportation process. The preparation is not over in Turkey either: by far the officials have only erected two tents which raises grave doubts whether the migrants will be properly treated when they arrive here.

The author of the article continues: “Under the deal, migrants arriving illegally in Greece are expected to be sent back to Turkey if they do not apply for asylum or if their claim is rejected.

For each Syrian migrant returned to Turkey, the EU is due to take in another Syrian who has made a legitimate request.

Turkey won financial and political concessions as part of the agreement.

Both Turkey and Greece have made a panicked rush to meet this deadline - and neither country is really ready.”

The rights groups activists also are alarmed regarding the fact that Turkey might not be a safe country for those fleeing war or those seeking better lives. Amnesty International has already accused Turkey of illegally sending Syrians back to their countries of origin, when they are still in danger.

“Many are keen to travel to Germany, and other northern EU countries and experts have warned the deal could force them to take alternative, more dangerous routes.

In Austria meanwhile, pro-migrant protesters clashed with police at a border crossing with Italy.

It comes after Austrian Defence Minister Peter Doskozil said soldiers would be deployed at a key transit point, saying the EU's outer borders were not properly protected,” the author of the article concludes.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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