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Migrants keep landing in Greece despite EU-Turkey deal

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People sit in a camp near the Greek-Macedonian border on March 21, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP
Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 22, 2016) — More than 1,600 migrants have landed in Greece since a landmark EU-Turkey deal on curbing the influx took effect, officials said Monday, March 21, as Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules.

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Greece scrambles to implement EU-Turkey migrant deal

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‘OPEN BOARD.’ A slogan on the hands of a migrant reads ‘Open board’ as he takes part in a protest march calling for justice for migrants outside the European Commission offices, in central Athens, on March 19, 2016. Panayotis Tzamaros/AFP
Amnesty International has called the deal a ‘historic blow to human rights’

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 20, 2016) — Greece scrambled on Saturday, March 19, to begin the massive task of implementing a historic EU-Turkey migrant deal aimed at stemming the flow of refugees fleeing war and conflict in the Middle East.

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Refugee conditions in Greece ‘deteriorating’

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MOBBED. US actress and special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie (C) visits the temporary refugee facilities at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, March 16, 2016. Pantelis Saitas/EPA
Jolie also meets Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who tells her there are ‘30,000 people trapped in the Greek mainland because of unilateral actions by the countries on the Balkan route’

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 18, 2016) — Hollywood star and UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie turned the spotlight of celebrity Wednesday, March 16, onto the plight of thousands of refugees crowded in camps in Greece.

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EU Leaders Meet on Migrants as Thousands Wait in Greece

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A woman reacts after losing sight of her child near the gate at the Greek-Macedonian border on Sunday. DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP – Getty Images
European leaders were gathering early Monday to discuss the still-spiraling migrant crisis as thousands camped out in Greece desperate to cross a blocked border

March 7, 2016 —European leaders were gathering early Monday to discuss the still-spiraling migrant crisis as thousands camped out in Greece desperate to cross a blocked border.

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EU leaders ‘to declare Balkan migrant route closed at summit’

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In this file photo, a Syrian migrant reacts after members of Turkish Coastal Guard ship UMUT captured them on a boat as they attempted to reach Greek Island Chios at the Agean Sea in Cesme district near Izmir, coastal city of Turkey, December 10, 2015. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA
The European Union’s 28 leaders are pinning much of their hopes for reducing the chaos on new commitments from Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 7, 2016) — European Union leaders on Monday, MArch 7, will back closing down the Balkans route used by most migrants to reach Europe, diplomats said, as at least 25 more people drowned trying to cross the Aegean Sea en route to Greece.

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EU chief sees first consensus on migrant crisis

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CONSENSUS? Migrants and refugees from Pakistan who arrived at the Greek island of Lesvos, wait at the port of Mytilini, Lesvos island, March 2, 2016. File photo by Panagiotis Balaskas/EPA
New official figures show that a record 1.2 million asylum seekers arrived in the EU in 2015 – more than double the figure from the year before

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 5, 2016) — EU president Donald Tusk struck an unusually upbeat note on the migrant crisis Friday, March 4 as Turkey raised the possibility of taking back non-Syrian asylum seekers.

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