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Anger Simmers as Greek Islands Adapt to Migrant Deal

By Karolina Tagaris and Renee Maltezou ATHENS/LESBOS, Greece, April 6 – A day after Greece deported hundreds of migrants to Turkey under an EU deal meant to discourage others from making the same perilous journey to Europe, anger was simmering on Greek islands and asylum applications were piling up. Under the pact, Ankara will take

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Turkey to Readmit More Migrants from Greece as EU Deal Faces Protests

By Orhan Coskun and Karolina Tagaris ANKARA/LESBOS, Turkey, April 5 – Turkey is ready to take another 200 migrants deported from the Greek islands on Wednesday, a senior government official said, as it presses ahead with a disputed EU deal aimed at shutting down the main route for illegal migration into Europe. A first group

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Greece Begins Ferrying Migrants to Turkey Under Landmark EU Deal

LESBOS, Greece, April 4 – Greece began returning migrants from the island of Lesbos to Turkey on Monday under a landmark European Union deal aimed at stopping the uncontrollable influx of migrants and refugees into Europe since last year. Under the EU-Turkey deal, Ankara will take back all migrants and refugees, including Syrians, who enter

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Uncertainty Reigns a Day Before Migrants Are To Be Returned To Turkey

By Karolina Tagaris LESBOS, Greece, April 3  – Less than 24 hours before Greece is due to begin returning migrants to Turkey, little sign of preparation is evident on Lesbos, the island through which hundreds of thousands of people have poured into Europe since last year. More than 5,600 migrants have been registered on Greek

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Turkey, Greece Scramble to Start EU Deal As Migrant Arrivals Rise

By Tulay Karadeniz and Dasha Afanasieva ANKARA, March 31 – Five days before Turkey is due to begin taking back illegal migrants from Greece under a deal with the European Union, neither side is fully ready, with officials scrambling to be able to make at least a symbolic start as new arrivals rise. Turkey agreed

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Turkish Officials Arrive In Greece Under Migrant Accord

By Karolina Tagaris LESBOS, Greece, March 21 – Turkish officials arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday to help implement a deal with the European Union to tackle a migrant crisis that has tested European cohesion to its limits. The day after the formal start of an agreement intended to close off the

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EU-Turkey Deal Fails to Stem Refugee Flight to Greece

By Karolina Tagaris LESBOS, Greece, March 20 – They waved, cheered and smiled, elated to have made it to Europe at dawn on Sunday in a packed blue rubber motor boat. The 50 or so refugees and migrants were among the first to arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos on day one after an

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It Felt Like a Death Machine, Says Migrant Forced Back to Greece

By Bushra Shakhshir IDOMENI, Greece, March 16 – It took Hassan Omar four long hours to cross into Macedonia, his wheelchair pushed by strangers across the muddy paths of Greece’s border – but a day later he found himself back at the squalid migrant camp he had left. Like scores of people, many from war zones

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Macedonia Dumps Migrants Back in Greece as EU-Turkey Deal Falters

By Ognen Teofilovski and Michele Kambas IDOMENI, Greece/NICOSIA, March 15 – Macedonia dumped about 1,500 migrants and refugees back into Greece overnight after they forced their way across the border, as European nations continued to pass the buck in a migration crisis that risks tearing the European Union apart. The police action was part of

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Europe’s Deal With Turkey Fails to Deter Migrant Attempts For Now

By Dasha Afanasieva and Melih Aslan DIDIM, Turkey, March 9 – Turkey’s coastguard intercepted dozens of mostly Syrian migrants in coves along the Aegean coast on Wednesday as they continued to attempt perilous sea crossings to Greece despite Ankara’s efforts to stem the flow under a deal with the European Union. A group of 42

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