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Sailboat with 67 migrants found off Amorgos

TAGS: Migration

Greek authorities say the country's coast guard has picked up 67 migrants found hiding in a sailboat sailing across the Aegean Sea.

The 60 men, five women and two children were picked up 8 nautical miles northeast of the Cycladic island of Amorgos.

Amorgos is closer to the Greek mainland than the eastern Aegean islands that are usually the target of those heading to Greece from the Turkish coast in an effort to reach the European Union.

The coast guard transported the new arrivals east to a migrant processing centre on the island of Leros.

Under an EU-Turkey deal to stem the flow of migrants, those arriving after March 20 are detained and can face being returned to Turkey unless they successfully apply for asylum in Greece.

[AP]

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