First Migrants Arrive in Turkey from Lesbos and Chios
They’ve been invited to leave. The first boatloads of migrants have been transferred from the two Greek islands to Turkey, and the controversial EU plan for stemming its refugee crisis is officially underway. Scores of refugees who reportedly hadn’t applied for asylum were piled onto ferries this morning and sailed to Dikili in western Turkey. Some believe the transferring plan is illegal, but the first returns were conducted peacefully — though aid groups say they’re concerned this is just the beginning of a program of unethical mass deportation.