More migrants arrive in Turkey from Greece under EU pact
DIKILI – A ferry carrying 45 Pakistani migrants returned to Turkey from the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday – the second round of arrivals under a European Union deal with Ankara to stem mass migration to Europe across the Aegean Sea.
The accord, which came into force on Monday, aims to help end a chaotic influx into the EU of migrants and refugees, most fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, after the arrival of over a million last year.
Nearly 250 people have been sent back from the Greek islands under the new accord..
Another boat carrying a larger group of migrants was due to leave Lesbos later in the morning, Greek state TV reported.
Those who left early on Friday were from Pakistan, it said. -Reuters