Five hundred migrants to be returned to Turkey on Monday

Published March 31st, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
A Syrian man flashes a victory sign during a demonstration by in Greece stranded refugees and supporting groups in Athens on March 30, 2016. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
A Syrian man flashes a victory sign during a demonstration by in Greece stranded refugees and supporting groups in Athens on March 30, 2016. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)

The first group of 500 migrants and refugees are set to be returned from Greece to Turkey on Monday under the terms of a new deal between the EU and Turkey, AFP reported.

"There is a major engagement on the part of Greece and Turkey towards sending 500 people back on April 4, barring a last-minute problem," a source at the European Commission told AFP.

Those being returned to Turkey will be "Syrians who have not requested asylum, Afghans and Pakistanis."

The official did not say from which Greek island in the Aegean Sea the operation would take place, or whether it would be carried out by a sea vessel or by air.

Over 51,000 refugees and migrants are currently trapped in Greece, and hundreds continue to arrive from Turkey daily despite the new policy.


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