Netherlands plans to send migrants back to Turkey

BRUSSELS, Jan 28 (KUNA) — The Netherlands, which holds the current EU Presidency, has worked out a plan to send asylum seekers who arrive on the Greek islands by boat back to Turkey immediately, Dutch newspaper Volkskrant reported Thursday.
The plan was revealed by Dutch Labour party leader Diederik Samsom in an interview with the paper.
“The Aegean Sea has become a mass grave. Last year 3,700 people died. Millions of refugees are risking their lives to come here and we have to stop it,” he was quoted saying.
One of the priorities of the current EU Presidency is to reduce the flow of refugees, he noted.
Samsom added that it is likely the EU will agree to the plan and that the first ferries would leave in March or April. Migrants then arriving on the Greek islands of Lesbos, Chios or Kos would be taken back to Turkey, where they had come from.
Turkey, he said, is willing to accept them back on the condition that the EU allows in 150,000 to 200,000 refugees a year. (end) nk.tg