On Friday, a ship carrying around 45 Pakistani migrants had returned to Turkey from Greek island of Lesbos – the 2nd round of arrivals under the EU deal with Ankara to stem the mass migration to Europe across Aegean Sea.
The accord that came into force on Monday, targets to help to end a chaotic influx into EU migrants & refugees, most of whom are fleeing war & poverty in Africa, Asia & Middle East, after arrival of over a million last year.
Over 249 people have been sent back from the Greek islands under the recent deal.
The Greek State TV reported that another boat transporting a larger group of migrants was due to leave Lesbos later in morning.
Those who left on Friday were from Pakistan, it had said.
Around 2 dozen uniformed Turkish police officers lined the lodging plank of ferry after it docked in Turkish town of Dikili, accompanied by 2 Turkish coast guard vessels.
According to a Turkish Official, all Pakistanis on the board were men.
Before boat left from Lesbos, at least 2 rights activists plunged into water close to the small ferry, hanging from heavy chain of anchor & flashing the ‘v’ for victory sign in an effort to stop the vessel from sailing from port of Mytilene back to Turkey. The Greek coastguard plucked them from the water.
The activists said that the Turkey-EU deal runs roughshod over the human rights & they stood at gates of the port blowing the whistles, while banging on the metal barriers in protest.
A 1st group of 202 migrants, most from Afghanistan & Pakistan were sent back to Turkey on Monday.
The Turkey’s parliament accepted overnight in an agreement allowing Ankara to deport the Pakistani migrants.
The Greek authorities stated that 149 migrants had arrived in past 24 hours on 3 Greek islands: Chios, Samos and Lesbos, up from 76 the preceding day.
Under the agreement of EU & Turkey, Ankara will take back all the migrants & refugees, including the Syrians, who had entered Greece through the irregular routes in return for EU taking in thousands of the Syrian refugees directly from the Turkey & recompensing it with more money, early visa-free travel for citizens & the progress in its EU membership negotiations.