First Syrian refugees arrive in Netherlands based on EU-Turkey deal

A group of 31 Syrian refugees were the first to arrive in Netherlands from Turkey as part of the EU's migration deal with Ankara, a Justice Ministry spokeswoman in The Hague said Tuesday.

The EU is giving Turkey 6 billion euros (6.8 billion dollars) to take back irregular migrants who land in Greece, as part of the agreement which went into effect on Monday.

For each returned Syrian migrant, the bloc has pledged to take in a Syrian refugee living in Turkey.

On Monday 32 Syrians to were flown from Turkey to Germany and a further 11 to Finland.

The Dutch immigration authorities had pre-checked the 31 Syrians for a right to asylum while they were in Turkey, the spokeswoman said.

The refugees were selected by the UN's refugee agency and Turkish authorities. The spokeswoman said Dutch authorities had no influence over which individuals it received.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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