First batch of deported migrants arrive in Turkey (Update)

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Dikili (Turkey), April.4 (ANI): Two ferries carrying migrants, a majority of them from Pakistan and Bangladesh, docked at the Turkish port of Dikili after being deported from the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday morning.

The migrants have reportedly been taken to refugee camps near the port, where they will be made to undergo health checks and registration.

Dikili’s Mayor Mustafa Tosun was quoted by the Xinhua news agency, as saying that the first ferry carried 72 persons, while the second had 62 people onboard.

He said the migrants would be sent to the refugee center in Kirklareli in three buses after completing their registration formalities.

A third ferry carrying 66 people is expected to reach Dikili shortly from the Greek island of Chios, Mayor Tosun revealed.

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Meanwhile, hundreds of Dikili residents staged a rally on Saturday in protest against the arrival of the deported migrants, saying that they could face socio-economic insecurity, job loss and a declining economy with the presence of the newcomers.

Under a deal finalised last month with the European Union, Turkey has agreed to take back migrants who crossed illegally into Greece from March 20 and are deemed ineligible for asylum. In return, the EU will resettle the same amount of Syrian refugees being sheltered in Turkey, with the number capped at 72, 000.

The Turkish Red Crescent has agreed to provide the new arrivals with food and other humanitarian supplies. (ANI with inputs)

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