Migrant arrivals on Greek islands slow, some still trying to leave Turkey




 
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Migrant arrivals on Greek islands slow, some still trying to leave Turkey
 
April 6th, 2016  
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Topic: Migrant arrivals on Greek islands slow, some still trying to leave Turkey


Migrant arrivals on Greek islands slow, some still trying to leave Turkey
By Lefteris Papadimas and Mehmet Emin Caliskan ATHENS/DIKILI, Turkey (Reuters) - A deal between the European Union and Turkey appeared to show tentative signs of slowing the flow of migrants to the Greek islands on Wednesday, but many were still trying to cross the sea and the route remained far from sealed off. Three days after the EU-Turkey deal came into force, new arrivals on the Greek islands from Turkey dropped to 68 in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning from 225 the previous day, data from the Greek migration ministry showed. The numbers fluctuate daily and it was unclear if the decline was a direct result of the accord, under which migrants and refugees who use irregular sea crossings in the Aegean to get into Greece are being sent back to Turkey.




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