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Migrants undeterred on first day of EU deal

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 01:19

More boatloads of weary migrants arrive at the Greek island of Lesbos, despite a new EU deal aimed at stemming their flow by having them sent back to Turkey. Diane Hodges reports.

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The sun rises on the first day of an EU deal designed to stem Europe's migrant crisis. But still the boats come - the migrants undeterred. They continue to land on the Greek island of Lesbos, headed for Europe, and what they hope is the beginning of a new life. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAN FROM THE CITY OF DARAA IN SYRIA, MOHAMMED, SAYING: "My wife and my son (are) in Germany. I want to go Germany. God's willing (Inshallah)." (over hugs, if you like) Their celebrations may be short-lived. Under the accord, which went into effect Sunday, all migrants who arrive in Greece illegally by sea via Turkey will be sent BACK to Turkey - leaving these migrants uncertain about the future. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAN FROM SYRIA, HUSSEIN ALI MUHAMMAD, SAYING: "I worked very, very hard work in Turkey, I collected the money for.. I come here, coming here. After that, (after) 5 minutes I come here, (after) 5 days, I go back to Turkey ? It's very, very dangerous and very, very... not good." The agreement means these migrants could be sent back as soon as April 4, but doubts remain about whether the deal is legal or even workable. Over a million migrants have crossed into Europe in just the past year, and despite the new deal, that wave shows no signs of receding anytime soon.

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Migrants undeterred on first day of EU deal

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 01:19