Hundreds of migrants and refugees have reached Greek islands near Turkey in February, increasing the strain on already struggling reception centers.Full Story
About 35,000 migrants have massed at Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria since last week.Full Story
"These people will not stay in Greece. They will transit to another European country from there."
Greek border guards rebuffed nearly 7,000 attempts in the last 24 hours alone, taking the total since Feb. 29 to 34,778 and the number of arrests of those who got through to 244, the Greek government sources said.
The Turkish Interior Minister Soylu says the measure is aimed at safeguarding his country's borders.
Thousands of refugees have been reaching the Greek islands since Turkey opened its borders on Feb. 29.
The signing of the 2016 agreement almost stopped the flow of refugees to the EU.
Earlier in the day, Greek police fired tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons against illegal migrants who have been waiting at the Pazarkule border gate to cross into Europe, an eyewitness said.
Despite a deal reached with the EU in 2016, Turkey announced it would no longer bar the hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers in the country from crossing the border to Europe.
Thousands are literally trapped at the Kastanies crossing because they cannot enter Greece or return to Turkey.
The country has long been urged by its European partners to speed up the asylum procedures.