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Greece: Refugees depart Lesbos by ferry as EU-Turkey deal comes into force02:17

Greece: Refugees depart Lesbos by ferry as EU-Turkey deal comes into force

Greece, Mytilene
March 20, 2016 at 12:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Refugees boarded a ferry bound for the northern Greek town of Kavala, in the port of Mytilene, Lesbos, on Sunday as the refugee deal between the European Union and Turkey came into force. The ferry will depart once 2,500 people are on board.

The refugees, who were taken to the port from the Moria refugee camp, were asked to buy a €45 ($51) ticket to Kavala, instead of Athens, where many had intended to go. They received no information about whether they would be deported to Turkey or whether they would stay at the refugee camp in Kavala.

The agreement in which European countries will take in one Syrian refugee directly from Turkey, for every refugee returned to Turkey came into force at midnight on Saturday. The EU has offered Turkey €6 billion ($6.70 billion), once an initial €3 billion ($3.40 billion) that was agreed to in November 2015, has been spent. Around 47,500 refugees are stranded in Greece, according to figures released by the Greek authorities on Saturday, March 19.

Greece: Refugees depart Lesbos by ferry as EU-Turkey deal comes into force02:17
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Refugees boarded a ferry bound for the northern Greek town of Kavala, in the port of Mytilene, Lesbos, on Sunday as the refugee deal between the European Union and Turkey came into force. The ferry will depart once 2,500 people are on board.

The refugees, who were taken to the port from the Moria refugee camp, were asked to buy a €45 ($51) ticket to Kavala, instead of Athens, where many had intended to go. They received no information about whether they would be deported to Turkey or whether they would stay at the refugee camp in Kavala.

The agreement in which European countries will take in one Syrian refugee directly from Turkey, for every refugee returned to Turkey came into force at midnight on Saturday. The EU has offered Turkey €6 billion ($6.70 billion), once an initial €3 billion ($3.40 billion) that was agreed to in November 2015, has been spent. Around 47,500 refugees are stranded in Greece, according to figures released by the Greek authorities on Saturday, March 19.

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