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New surge in migrants to Greece as Turkey deal comes under strain | World


Refugees encamped on the beach next to the medieval castle of Chios island in GreecePetros Giannakouris/AP

More than 400 asylum seekers from Turkey have reached Greece in the last two days, the biggest rise in migrant arrivals since April.

The increase is the latest evidence that the migrant deal between Turkey and the EU is collapsing.

Ankara had agreed to shelter new asylum seekers heading for Europe and process them so that they would either be sent home or relocated across the Continent. In return, Turkey wanted money and visa-free travel for its 79 million citizens across Europe. However, the granting of visa-free travel is conditional. Last week the European Commission said that Turkey had failed to meet some of the 72 conditions, including human rights reform and security.

Officials in Athens told The Times that the Greek coastguard had picked…

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