Greece sees last burst of arrivals as EU – Turkey migration agreement kick-starts


Refugees and migrants hold their documents as they line up for a food distribution after arriving with the Blue Star 1 passenger ship from the islands of Lesbos and Chios at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, 23 February 2016. 'We will toughen our stance to the neighbouring countries that do not accept refugees', Alternate Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas said on 23 February, noting also that Greece will intensify the diplomatic pressure. 'Five police chiefs of the countries of Wisegrad and unfortunately of Austria abolished the EU prime ministers' decision that was taken 15 hours ago. These things are unprecedented for the European idea', said Mouzalas stressing that the refugees from Afghanistan that have blocked the railway tracks at the Greek-Fyrom borders at Idomeni were removed and are currently on their way to Athens where they will be hosted in special places.

Greece sees last burst of arrivals as EU – Turkey migration agreement kick-starts

1,662 new migrants arrived to the Greek islands on Sunday, the first day of functioning of the EU-Turkey agreement that will see them returned to Turkey for processing. On Saturday, the day after the agreement was finalized, 875 people crossed from Turkey to Greece to beat the clock and qualify to be processed in Greece. The number was even greater on Friday, reaching 1498 people. The arrivals of Friday and Saturday will be eligible to take part of the EU relocation scheme. With smugglers falsel...

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