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Greece: Hundreds of refugees and migrants break out of camp just days before deportations begin

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2 April 2016 - Hundreds of refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Chios have broken out of a holding centre. The action came just days before an EU deal to send rejected asylum seekers from Greece to Turkey was scheduled to begin.

Under the terms of the agreement, people arriving after 20 March are to be kept in detention centres located on five Aegean islands, including Chios, Samos, Lesbos, Kos and Leros. They will be returned to Turkey if their application for asylum is denied. Deportations are set to begin on 4 April.

According to a police spokesman for the northern Aegean region, around 300 people broke out of the detention centre – tearing down part of the razor wire fence encircling the site – and headed towards the port. Videos of female and child refugees and migrants walking on the road with their belongings began surfacing on


Added: Apr-2-2016 Occurred On: Apr-2-2016
By: gemini
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Location: Chios, Egeo, Greece (load item map)
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