Greece returns economic migrants to Turkey


Migrants and refugees from Pakistan arrive at the Greek island of Lesvos, Greece, 02 March 2016. The group of 150 migrants from Pakistan are going to be deported to Turkey on Thursday. Migration restrictions along the so-called Balkan route, the main path for migrants and refugees from the Middle East to EU countries, have trapped thousands of migrants in Greece causing a humanitarian crisis.

The sending of irregular migrants back to Turkey, is part of the EU – Turkey readmission agreement signed between the two sides in October 2014

Greece returned 308 irregular migrants to Turkey on Wednesday, according to a press release by the European Commission.

According to the EU’s executive body, the readmission is taking place only for the migrants who do not qualify for international protection in Europe. European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos praised the readmissions and said:

“Under the EU-Turkey joint action plan we agreed to accelerate return and readmission procedures wit...

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