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Greece Ready to Return Migrants Back to Turkey


Greece is all ready to return migrants to Turkey following an EU deal. The deportation will begin on Monday but sadly, they face a shortage of personnel. Migrants are being harboured to Dikli, Turkey.

Frontex, the EU agency responsible for the implementation of the deal has less than one-tenth of the 2,300 personnel required to manage the deportation. EU states back the agency whose another role is to provide translators and officials to process the deportation quickly, but no such thing is seen coming into play.

The agency aims to deport 750 migrants through three vessels which will make short trips from the island of Lesbos to the Turkish coast, reports ABC News.

The EU-Turkey deal is a centre of debate for the past months.  It targets to manage the unprecedented influx of migrants who arrived last year by crossing the Aegen Sea, with many of them through smugglers. The deal entails that illegal migrants arriving in Greece will be returned back to Turkey if they do not adhere to the asylum rules and have not applied for asylum status.

Moreover, for every Syrian migrant being returned to Turkey, EU will have to resettle one Syrian migrant. That means a one-on-one deal. The deal was earlier supposed to kick off on March 20, but it was held up due to delay in personnel management.

“We do not know how this operation will proceed…This is being done for the first time and it raises unprecedented legal issues as well,” Kyritsis said.   Giorgos Kyritsis is a spokesman for the Greek government’s refugee crisis committee.

Human rights group don’t seem to be happy with arrangements, saying that Turkey is not a safe country for migrants.

In a report by BBC, Amnesty International explicitly blamed Turkey for making illegal returns to their homeland. However, Turkey does not think so.

Tens of thousands of migrants are still confined on Greece’s border with Macedonia,

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