Greece said to propose return trips for illegal migrants

Greece said to propose return trips for illegal migrants

A senior Greek official has said the government will ask Europe's border protection agency Frontex to help set up a sea deportation route to send migrants who reach the country illegally back to Turkey.

The official told AP the plan would involve chartering boats on Lesvos and other Greek islands to send back migrants who were not considered eligible for asylum in the European Union.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Athens hasn't yet formally raised the issue with other European governments.

More than 850,000 migrants and refugees reached Greece in 2015 on their route through the Balkans to central Europe.

But the EU is seeking to toughen and better organize procedures for asylum placements, while Balkan countries outside the EU have also imposed stricter transit policies. [AP]

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