In this file photo taken on Monday, June 13, 2016, migrants who live in the Hellenikon refugee and migrant camp in Athens wait to register for asylum. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)
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Greece will toughen rules on voluntary repatriation to combat alleged abuses by economic migrants seeking refugee status, the migration ministry said Friday.Organised by the International Organization for Migration, the repatriation program has returned some 7,000 people since European states shut their borders to migrants early last year.For the time being, those stuck on Greek islands under last year's EU-Turkey migration pact also are given 1,000 euros.Under the new rules, migrants who came to Greece from 2015 onward will have five days to apply for voluntary IOM repatriation once their asylum requests are turned down.
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