Turkey grants temporary protection to Syrians returned from Greek islands

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:20 PM

The status would be given to Syrians who'd illegally crossed to the islands after March twenty, two thousand sixteen, and who requested protection after being re-admitted to Turkey, according to the website of the government'south Official Gazette.

Turkey will grant temporary protection status to Syrian migrants sent back from Greek islands, the government said on Thursday, a step required below an agreement with the European Union to combat illegal migration.

The status would be given to Syrians who'd illegally crossed to the islands after March twenty, two thousand sixteen, and who requested protection after being re-admitted to Turkey, according to the website of the government'south Official Gazette.

The Turkish cabinet agreed to the new regulation during its meeting on Tuesday, and it came into effect on Thursday. Turkey needed to create the valid modify before Greece could return migrants from its territory. The EU'south top migration official pressed for the provision in Ankara this week.

So distant only people who'd have been deported anyway, even without the Turkish accord, have been sent back.

Below the agreement deal with the EU, Turkey will get back all migrants and refugees who cross the Aegean to enter Greece illegally. The EU has agreed to get in thousands of Syrian refugees directly from Turkey and reward Ankara with money, visa-free travel and progress in talks on EU membership.

The first two hundred two people were sent back to Turkey from Greece on Monday below the accord, which rights advocates declare may breach the law. United Nations agencies and rights campaigners oppose the scheme and aim to instruct all those who reach Greece on how to apply for asylum.

(Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Nick Tattersall and David Dolan, Larry King)

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