Greece Migrant Crisis: Pope To Visit Lesbos

Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 2:58 PM

The trip, which aims to indicate his support for the thousands trapped on the Greek island, comes amid the first deportations.

Greece Migrant Crisis: Pope To Visit Lesbos

Pope Francis is to visit the Greek island of Lesbos - the centre of the migration crisis - to meet with refugees.

The ride has been scheduled to get space on sixteenth April, the Vatican said, in support of the many hundreds of thousands that have made the dangerous journey to Europe.

Many of those, including women and children, have fled the civil war in Syria.

Francis,  the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, has urged Roman Catholic churches across Europe to get in migrant families.

He's also spoken of Europe'south ethical obligation to welcome refugees.

A visit to a camp may embarrass EU leaders already below fire from human rights groups.

Around seventy additional staff have been deployed to a detention camp on the island by the European Asylum Support Office to speed up the processing of asylum applications.

Aid workers declare conditions at Moria are poor, with food Ltd and women and children being forced to sleep outdoors.

Thursday'south announcement comes as the from Greece to Turkey got below way this week as portion of an EU deal to deport those who have failed to gain asylum.

Several hundred migrants and refugees have been transported back across the Aegean Sea from the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios.

The first boats started arriving at Dikili on the Turkish coast on Monday amid .

For each migrant sent back to Turkey, executive have said a legitimate refugee will be resettled in Europe.

Europe'south politicians are hoping the expulsions will deter people from boarding smugglers boats, but already there are signs it's not working.

Migrants are , despite the threat of being sent back.

Aid workers who are being allowed interior Moria told Sky News some Syrians have threatened to leap overboard if they're keep on ships back to Turkey.

However, the reality is many thousands in Greece are likely to be returned in the coming weeks.


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