Greece returns 56 Pakistani, 3 Bangladeshi migrants to Turkey as part of EU deal

MAMOSA Report — Fifty-six Pakistani nationals including three Bangladeshis and one Nepalese were brought to Turkey in the company of officials from FRONTEX, the EU border agency. The migrants boarded a ship to the Turkey’s port of Güllük from the Greek island of Kos, reported local media.

The return of these South Asian failed asylum-seekers comes as part of the agreement between Turkey and the EU to curb flow of migrants to Europe from Turkey via Greece.

Anadolu Agency reported that Greek authorities rejected asylum for 21 migrants in the group, while three others withdrew their asylum application.

Since implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement in April 2016, 1,074 migrants have been returned to Turkey.

The number of illegal immigrants who sought to reach Greek islands closest to the Turkish shores on dinghies has dropped by as much as 97 percent, reported Daily Sabah.

Meanwhile police on the islands are boosting efforts to locate and detain migrants who face deportation to Turkey in line with an agreement signed last year between Ankara and Brussels.

More than a million refugees and migrants arrived in Europe in 2015, landing in Greece from Turkey and then streaming through the Balkans, heading north to Germany or Austria.

But that route shut in March last year following the agreement, stranding about 60,000 people in makeshift and formal camps across Greece.

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