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    EU-Turkey Deal Leaves Refugees Stranded in Greece

    EU-Turkey Deal Leaves Refugees Stranded in Greecei
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    Henry Ridgwell
    March 19, 2016 4:31 PM
    The deal struck Friday between the European Union and Turkey to try to end the flow of migrants to Europe, does not say what should happen to the tens of thousands of refugees stuck in Greece. Henry Ridgwell reports from Athens there are fears of a surge of migrant arrivals over the weekend before the restrictions come into force.
    Henry Ridgwell

    The deal struck Friday between the European Union and Turkey to try to end the flow of migrants to Europe, does not say what should happen to the tens of thousands of refugees stuck in Greece. There are fears of a surge of migrant arrivals over the weekend before the restrictions come into force.

    Dawn at Piraeus port in Athens — and the overnight ferry from Lesbos Island pulls into its berth. On deck, many of the passengers are taking in their first sight of mainland Europe.
     
    Invariably the migrants’ ambitions are to reach Western Europe. But with borders to the north closed, they may be too late.
     
    Muhammad was a lawyer in Syria — but fled his home last month along with his sister and mother. The trip has cost him $6,000. His home is now a tent on the dockside.

    Thousands of refugees are living in tents and converted warehouses at Piraeus port, Athens. (Henry Ridgwell/VOA)
    Thousands of refugees are living in tents and converted warehouses at Piraeus port, Athens. (Henry Ridgwell/VOA)


     “I’m very sad. Now I’m very sad. The situation is very complicated. And I don’t know what I will do, if still Macedonia closes the border,” he said.
     
    The deal struck Friday between the European Union and Turkey does not stipulate what should happen to the more than 46,000 refugees currently stuck in Greece.
     
    The new arrivals are not permitted to stay at the port — but are put on buses and taken to refugee camps around Athens.

    New arrivals are transferred by bus to other refugee camps in Athens. (Henry Ridgwell/VOA)
    New arrivals are transferred by bus to other refugee camps in Athens. (Henry Ridgwell/VOA)


    Afghan national Faridoon says he fled his home after receiving death threats from the Taliban, because he worked with US armed forces in the country.
     
    “I know the condition here but if it wasn’t about, if my life wasn’t in danger, I wouldn’t leave my country in the first place,” he said.

    Refugees at Piraeus port, Athens. (Henry Ridgwell/VOA)
    Refugees at Piraeus port, Athens. (Henry Ridgwell/VOA)

    Few of the refugees want to stay in Greece — and Athens can barely afford to care for them. Volunteers are filling that gap for now. But a future home for these stranded, desperate people will have to be found soon.

     

     

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