Greece to repatriate 10,000 Turkish migrants by 2020

Government accord to stop flows after fire on Lesbo

01 October, 11:51

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, OCTOBER 1 - Greece intends to repatriate 10,000 Turkish migrants by 2020, following a decision by the Greek cabinet in an emergency meeting on Monday, after a fire broke out at a refugee camp on the island of Lesbo and killed two people.

    Local media said the government released a statement in which it said it wants to considerably increase repatriations compared to the "1,805 in four and a half years under the previous government of the Syriza party".

    The Greek government, led by conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, also decided on other measures to contain the inflow of irregular migrants, such as strengthening controls at the borders and reinforcing sea patrols. In addition, centres will be opened for migrants awaiting repatriation after they entered the country illegally and were denied asylum.

    The government said it is committed to reducing crowding at reception centres in the Aegean islands by transferring part of the migrants to the mainland.

    Overcrowding on the islands is due to the increase in arrivals in recent weeks, mainly from Turkey, as well as the laborious application of an accord on repatriations signed with Ankara in 2016.(ANSAmed).

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