Migrant arrivals in Greece drop 90 percent-EU

A group of migrants and refugees who stayed in Idomeni makeshift camp walks through a field in attempt to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Evzoni, Greece, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

EU border agency Frontex says the number of migrants arriving in Greece has dropped to 90 percent in April.

It was said that a deal with Turkey to send back those who make the sea journey between the two countries is working.

Frontex said 2,700 people arrived in Greece from Turkey in April, most of them from Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, a 90 percent fall from March.

Under the deal with Turkey, all migrants and refugees, including Syrians, who cross to Greece illegally across the sea are sent back.

In return, the EU takes in thousands of Syrian refugees directly from Turkey and rewards it with more money, early visa-free travel and faster progress in EU membership talks.

Frontex said, “In Italy, 8,370 migrants arrived through the longer and more dangerous route from northern Africa”, adding that “there was no sign of migrants shifting from the route via Greece to the central Mediterranean route”.

“The number of people arriving in Italy in April was 13 percent lower than in March and half of that of April 2015”, Frontex added.

Frontex also said “The number of migrants arriving in Greece dropped 90 percent in April, in a sign that a deal with Turkey to send back those who make the sea journey between the two countries is working”.

Reuters/Hauwa Mustapha