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Greece just started deporting refugees to Turkey


Refugees are now being returned to Turkey. (Free Gaza movement/Flickr)

Greece deported the first refugees to Turkey under a controversial migrant-exchange deal.

What happened?

Three boats from Greece took 197 deportees back to Turkey while two planes carrying 32 Syrian refugees arrived in Germany. 11 more Syrian families landed in Finland from Turkey.

The Turkish government said none of the refugees returned were Syrians, but were from Pakistan. The authorities also said none of the refugees requested asylum in Greece--in fact, they left voluntarily. Only two migrants from Syria came back on their own.

The European Union deal legalized the return of "irregular migrants" to Turkey and in exchange, an equal number of refugees will be resettled in EU. Turkey will also be looked at favorably for a possible inclusion in the EU, however, human rights groups continue to call the deal inhumane.

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Greece just started deporting refugees to Turkey

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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