Greece ferries migrants to Turkey under a European Union pact as activists attempt to block their departure. Julie Noce reports.
A ferry carrying 45 migrants left Lesbos, Greece on Friday enroute to Turkey as part of an EU plan to stem mass migration into Europe. Under the deal, Ankara will take back all migrants and refugees, including Syrians, who enter Greece through irregular routes. The EU will take in thousands of Syrian refugees directly from Turkey. For their role, Turkey will get more money, early visa-free travel and progress in its EU membership negotiations. At least two activists plunged into the water in an attempt to prevent the vessel from sailing. They were quickly retrieved by the coastguard. Local television reported that those who left on Friday were primarily from Pakistan. A first group of 202 migrants, most from Pakistan and Afghanistan, were sent back to Turkey on Monday.