PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the flow of refugees and other migrants into Europe (all times local):
The Turkish coast guard says it has rescued dozens of mostly Syrian migrants as they tried to reach Greece.
Seventy Syrian migrants, two Palestinian nationals, one Somali and one Yemeni were spotted Sunday in an inflatable dinghy off the coast of Turkey’s western province of Izmir — a few kilometers across the Aegean Sea from Greece. A Turkish-flagged warship supported the operation, the coast guard reported Tuesday.
The move comes before the scheduled implementation date of an agreement between Turkey and the European Union aimed at curbing the flow of migrants to Europe.
The deal, due to come into effect on April 4, stipulates that those who arrive on Greek islands from the Turkish coast will be detained and sent back.
For every Syrian returned, another Syrian in Turkey will be relocated to a European country.
Police have evacuated a few hundred migrants from a makeshift camp near a subway station in northeastern Paris.
The Paris regional administration said the operation Wednesday was peaceful and authorities are relocating the migrants, who had been living beneath elevated train tracks for the past several weeks.
The Paris transit authority closed the Stalingrad metro station during the operation. The area has seen multiple migrant camps in recent years that are periodically cleared out.
French media reported the residents were primarily from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan and Afghanistan.
France has not seen nearly as many Syrian refugees or other migrants over the past year as Germany or countries farther east, but has experienced tensions around the northern port of Calais, where migrants converge in hopes of crossing to Britain.
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