Refugees and migrants line up for a food distribution at the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/File Photo

Greece wants send thousands of migrants back to Turkey in coming weeks

Greece wants to dramatically escalate returns of migrants to Turkey in the coming weeks under a European Union deal with Ankara, the migration minister said on Friday, amid criticism it has been too slow to process them.

The deal, which has been lambasted by rights groups and aid agencies, is aimed at closing off the main route into Europe, used by around a million refugees and migrants last year. It obliges Greece to return those who either do not apply for asylum or have their claims rejected.


  • Ego

    They better hurry before the deal is off.

  • ed

    tourism at the beach resorts are down 60% this year ,.Russian tourists down 96% so plenty of rooms available

  • andycanuck

    That’s unfair to Turkey. Send them to Syria instead.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Nothing is unfair to Turkey.

  • Martin B

    If it’s lambasted by rights groups and aid agencies, you know it’s right.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Greece should not need EU consent to throw the bums out.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Greece needs EU money.

  • k1962

    I don’t see a problem with returning people who refuse to file a claim or whose claim has been rejected. The aid agencies are asses.

  • pdxnag

    By the thousands, and each with no more than one week of legal hassle as they whine in protest, please.