the Greek Authorities intend to move migrants arrived illegally on its territory after 1 March in the Northern town of Serres and plan to send them back to their countries, said Minister for migration NOTIS Mitarashi, Reuters reports.
thousands of migrants went to Greece after Ankara said on 28 February that it will open its borders to migrants from Syria to Europe, despite the commitment to keep them on its territory in accordance with the agreement of 2016 with the European Union.
hundreds of people have reached Greece, many of the sea to Lesbos and other Greek Islands. Ankara and Athens have accused each other of using excessive force on their shared border, where migrants faced with security forces in recent days.
“Our goal is to return them to their countries,” said Mataraci.
the Minister also said that migrants who entered the country before January 1, 2019, and living on the Islands, will be transferred to the mainland in the coming days.
1 March, Greece announced that it would not accept any new applications for asylum within one month after the accumulation of migrants at the border. This provoked criticism from human rights organizations.
Turkey has accused Greek law enforcement that they shot and killed one migrant worker and wounded five, and Greece has categorically rejected the allegation, saying that the Turkish police uses tear gas to force migrants to illegally enter its territory.
“the Situation is calm today. Yesterday, we stopped a group of 150 workers. We’ll be here as long as necessary”, — told Reuters a police officer.
Earlier, after a few days of arrival of migrants in rough seas off the Greek island of Lesbos was not noticed any boats. On the island is already home to more than 20 thousand asylum seekers, many of whom live in miserable conditions in overcrowded camps
Greece and the EU accused Turkey of intentionally deal migrants cross the border to force Brussels to offer more money or support geopolitical goals of Ankara in the Syrian conflict.