Greece begins migrant repatriation flights

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Thu, 2020-08-06 10:57

ATHENS: A first flight voluntarily returning economic migrants to their home country departed Greece Thursday, launching an EU-funded scheme aimed at relieving pressure on the state where most new arrivals reach the bloc.
The first group to depart Athens, comprising 134 Iraqis, was “the biggest voluntary return our country has ever carried out, and the biggest in Europe this year,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas told reporters.
Five thousand economic migrants overall will be offered incentives of €2,000 ($2,400) per person to return home.

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