[Greece] Only 16 percent of asylum seekers' in Greece to be sent to Turkey: Report

11 Feb 2018
Source: 
Middle East Eye

According to Middle East Eye, ''Only 16 per cent of asylum seekers who have arrived in Greece are likely to be sent to Turkey despite a controversial European Union (EU) deal, the former head of Greece's asylum service said on Sunday.

Maria Stavropoulou, whose term in office recently expired, told Greek newspaper Kathimerini that the small percentage includes migrants "wanting to return to their home country or those who had given up on their asylum claims".

She said that "2,200 Syrians can be returned... but there are those who have appealed and the process is very slow".

This is despite a deal Turkey struck with the EU in 2016 in which it agreed to take back illegal migrants landing on Greek islands in exchange for incentives including financial aid''.

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