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Migrants continue to arrive in Lesbos

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 - 01:17

Boats continue to bring migrants to Greek shores even after an EU plan to stem the flow of new arrivals is implemented. Julie Noce reports.

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One day after the first group migrants were shipped back to Turkey, another full boat arrives in Greece. Women and children were among those rescued by the coastguard from smugglers' boats and brought to Lesbos. Government figures show some 187 migrants arrived here in the past 24 hours. The controversial EU plan that began on Monday calls for all migrants who entered Greece illegally after March 20th and who did not apply for asylum to be returned to Turkey. In return, the EU will give Turkey money and visa-free travel, and will progress its EU membership negotiations. On Monday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan criticised the response from other European countries to the crisis even as his government co-operated with the plan. They put up barbed wire to stop people from entering, he said. But we rescued 100,000 people from the sea and we continue to do so. For some Turkish nationals, the returned migrants are not wanted. We don't want them here, one person said. Everyone should stay in their own countries. Rights groups and some European politicians have challenged the legality of the deal and question whether Turkey has sufficient safeguards to defend the refugees.

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Migrants continue to arrive in Lesbos

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 - 01:17