Migrants deported to Turkey from Greece under EU deal

Early morning operation sees two boats transfer first 138 deportees from Lesbos

5,622 immigrants that have travelled into Greece since March 20 will be sent back to Turkey once their asylum applications have been processed. Video: Reuters

In an early morning operation conducted under heavy security, the first deportations of migrants and asylum seekers from Greece to Turkey under the recent deal signed between the European Union and Ankara have taken place.

Two boats carrying 138 migrants - mostly Pakistani but including two Syrians - left the port of Mytilini on the island of Lesbos shortly after 7am. The operation began a short time before at a detention centre on the island, from where the deportees were transferred by five buses to the port.

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