Desparate migrants set themselves on fire at Idomeni

Desparate migrants set themselves on fire at Idomeni

Two migrants set themselves on fire in Idomeni as protests escalate over potential repatriation to Turkey.

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The United Nation is accusing Greece of turning migrant reception centres into 'detention facilities' in the wake of the new deal between the EU and Turkey to send back asylum seekers with no legitimate claims.

The deal took effect on Sunday, but that has not stopped nearly 1,000 migrants and refugees from crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey to Greece since, and dozens were seen arriving at the port of Mytilene on Lesvos on Tuesday morning.

As news began to spread of potential repatriation to Turkey, hundreds of migrants and refugees stuck in a makeshift camp in Idomeni, a village near the closed Greek-Macedonian border, organised a mass protest which saw at least two men setting themselves on fire in desperation.

Desparate migrants set themselves on fire at Idomeni
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The UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) has today said it refuses to 'be involved in returns or detention' of migrants from Greece, adding that the country is not prepared to implement the deal properly and may send refugees back to Turkey without properly assessing their asylum claims.

Photos: Reuters

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