Greece deports 45 Pakistani to Turkey amidst calls to halt deportations. The ferry which was carrying 45 Pakistanis left Lesbos for the Turkish port of Dikili today, Friday, April 8.
In line with details, a group of refugees who are Pakistanis have been deported from Lesbos, a Greek Island. These Pakistanis have been deported to Turkey. Deportation was carried out, despite attempts made by the activists, to stop the ferry carrying the migrants from leaving the Greek harbor. The activists tried to stop the ferry from leaving by clinging onto its anchor. The activists were reportedly chanting slogans of “stop deportations”, “EU, shame on you” and “freedom for the refugees.”
Three of the volunteer activists were hooked by the Greek authorities, after they tried to stop deportation by jumping into the harbor in Mytilene. The Greek coastguard dragged them out of the water, while the ferry left for Turkey. Moreover, five of he volunteers who were opposing the deportation and demanding that the Pakistani refugees should be allowed to stay in Greece, were arrested outside the port.
Officers of the European Union’s border protection agency safely placed the migrants on the boats which sailed to the Turkish port of Dikili. Upon arrival, the health and migration officials checked the incoming migrants amid heavy security. As soon after the check ups were done, the migrants were loaded onto police-escorted buses.
This deportation was carried out under the controversial EU plan to deport migrants from Greece to Turkey. This plan is basically aimed at reducing the number of migrants reaching Europe. The refugees, who arrived in Greece illegitimately from 20th March onward, will be sent back to Turkey if in case they fail to apply for asylum or if their asylum claim is rejected.
It has been reported that since early last year, about one million refugees have entered the European Union via sea route from Turkey to Greece. Nonetheless, the human rights groups have been alarmed by the returns arrangements, and it is being claimed that Turkey is not a safe country for refugees.