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Tensions high as nations prep for migrant deal

Sunday, April 03, 2016 - 01:06

Scuffles break out between pro-migrant protesters and police on the Austria-Italy border, as Greece gets set to begin returning migrants to Turkey under a new EU deal. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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A tense scene on Austria's border with Italy. Hundreds of pro-migration demonstrators scuffled with Austrian police in Brenner, angry over strict border controls that go into effect imminently to stop migrants leaving Italy. The demonstrators are calling for more open borders and painted 'refugees welcome to the EU' across the road. With winter on its way out, thousands more migrants -- fleeing poverty and war -- are expected to try to reach northern Europe in the coming months. But starting Monday, migrants who crossed illegally into Greece after March 19th will be sent to Turkey once their asylum applications are processed. It's part of a deal between Turkey and the European Union to stem the uncontrollable influx. But less than 24 hours before the deal goes into effect, uncertainty prevails about just how the plan can be actually carried out.

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Tensions high as nations prep for migrant deal

Sunday, April 03, 2016 - 01:06