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Greece accused of illegal pushback of refugees at sea

By France24
01 May 2021   |   6:39 am
In recent months, Greece has been accused of pushing back migrants in the Aegean Sea – an illegal practice meaning people who are trying to land on its islands are pushed back into Turkish territorial waters. Athens has rejected the accusations, denouncing a "campaign of denigration orchestrated by Ankara". In a deal with the European Union, Turkey has agreed to take in the migrants, but regularly communicates on Greece’s alleged pushback practices. A team of FRANCE 24 journalists reports alongside the Turkish coastguard.

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