A protestor takes part in a demonstration against racism in Athens, Greece, March 18, 2017. REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis
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Over 2,000 people demonstrated in the Greek capital in support of migrants and refugees on Saturday, calling for an end to the EU's year-old migrant pact with Turkey that cracked down on migrant flows.The pact substantially reduced migrant flows and cut down on the number of migrant drownings in that part of the Mediterranean, but it also stranded thousands of exiles on Greek islands.Now about 9,000 migrants and refugees are awaiting decisions on asylum claims, which can sometimes take months, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Some 1,183 migrants were returned to Turkey in the year ending in January, Greek police figures show.
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