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Tags: EU | EU | Turkey | Migrant Deal

A Year On, Key EU-Turkey Migration Deal Looks Wobbly

Friday, 17 March 2017 01:38 PM

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — The waters off the Greek island of Lesbos once echoed with the shrieks of people drowning as they struggled to reach Europe and the thrumming of rescue helicopters.

A coastguard patrol Friday encountered nothing more alarming than a few fishing boats.

A year-old deal to stem uncontrolled migration between Turkey and Greece's eastern islands explains why.

Since the European Union and Turkey reached a deal to dissuade migrants to cross the Mediterranean, the number of new arrivals has dropped from 1 million annually to under 25,000.

Turkey's recent diplomatic fight with the Netherlands and Germany over allowing visiting Turkish officials to campaign for a referendum that would expand the president's authority threatens to scuttle the agreement.

The agreement hinges on Turkey taking back people attempting the crossing.

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The waters off the Greek island of Lesbos once echoed with the shrieks of people drowning as they struggled to reach Europe and the thrumming of rescue helicopters.A coastguard patrol Friday encountered nothing more alarming than a few fishing boats.A year-old deal to stem...
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