EU plans to deport refugees from the Greek coasts back to Turkey
EU plans to deport refugees from the Greek coasts back to Turkey

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European Union is planning to deport the thousands of migrants who are arriving on the coasts of Greece back to Turkey on special ferries.

Migrants and refugees incoming on the Greek islands would instantly be sent back by ferry to Turkey, under a Dutch plan aimed at solving the crisis.

Under the suggestion, Labor party leader Diederik Samsom says that in return the EU could offer to take in up to 250,000 migrants a year currently in Turkey.

More than 850,000 people reached on the Greek islands from Turkey last year.

The strategy would need to be in place by spring, before the next surge in numbers is likely, he says.

Previously about 46,000 have touched Greece in January. Most entrances are fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two hundred people have sunk trying to get to Greece this month and more deaths were reported on Thursday.

Twenty-four bodies, including those of 10 children, were recovered by the Greek coastguard after a boat sank off Samos, officials said.