EU-Turkey deal on migrant crisis comes into effect
March 20, Ankara: An EU-Turkey deal to tackle the migrant crisis has formally come into effect from Sunday.
Under the deal, migrants arriving in Greece are now expected to be sent back to Turkey if they do not apply for asylum or their claim is rejected, reports said.
According to the agreement, for every Syrian migrant sent back to Turkey, one Syrian already in Turkey will be resettled in the EU. However, there were still many doubts about the implementation of the agreement, including how the migrants would be sent back.
The influx of people crossing to Greek islands grew ahead of the deadline, and Greece said it would not be able to implement the deal immediately.
On Sunday, volunteers on the Greek island of Lesbos were dealing with the first arrivals under the new regime.
Turkey's Anadolu agency reported that just hours before the agreement came into force, a four-month-old baby girl drowned when a boat carrying migrants sank off the Turkish coast.
Some 2,300 experts, including security and migration officials and translators, are set to arrive in Greece to help enforce the deal, reports said.
But Greek officials said none of the experts had yet arrived and the deal could not be implemented immediately as key details still needed to be worked out.
The Oslo Times