Deported migrants call for freedom from behind barred window

Some 325 migrants have been deported to Turkey from the Greek island of Lesbos under an EU deal.


They wait to learn of their fate inside a fenced reception and removal centre in the town of Pehlivankoy. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says it has yet to gain access to the facility.

Migrants from Pakistan, Egypt, Afghanistan and Iraq call for freedom from behind the facility’s barred windows.

They were deported from Lesbos on Friday (April 8) under the controversial EU-Turkey deal to stem mass irregular migration to Europe.

Turkey has agreed to take back migrants who reached Greece after March 20. For every Syrian returned, Europe agreed to take one Syrian refugee from Turkey to be settled in an EU member state.

The UN refugee agency has condemned the deal and rights advocates say it may violate international law.