Flimsy boats packed with migrants continued to land in Greece from Turkey on March 20, 2016 despite the start of a landmark deal between the European Union and Ankara to stem the massive influx.
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Hundreds of mostly Syrian asylum-seekers continued to arrive in Greece by sea Sunday despite the start of an international agreement to send migrants back to Turkey.While the deal between the European Union and Turkey is officially in effect, the process for deporting migrants has yet to be worked out. The EU-Turkey plan, agreed to on Friday, aims to halt smuggling by sending migrants who do not qualify for asylum back to Turkey.Turkey, which is already hosting 2.7 million refugees from war-torn Syria, has been a primary departure point for Europe, while Greece has borne the brunt of arrivals. More than 1 million migrants have arrived in Europe over the past year.A Turkish news agency reported Sunday that 320 would-be migrants to Greece had been intercepted in a coastal Turkish town.Amid all this, Greece is still relocating migrants from its islands to temporary refugee camps on the mainland.
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