PICTURES: Migrants Threaten To Kill Themselves And Their Children If Sent Back To Turkey

Migrants and left wing, German agitators have been demonstrating the “shameful” European Union (EU) plan to send “irregular” migrants back to Turkey, which came into effect today.

“If they make me go back to Turkey I’ll throw myself and my family into the sea,” Mr. Mustafa, a Syrian waiting with his wife and children at the port of Chios island told Greek news agency ANA. “We went from hell to hell”, he said.

The deportation began this morning, with a group of Pakistani men with little or no chance of being granted asylum in Europe being returned the short distance across the Aegean on a small Ferry.

TOPSHOT - German activists show a banner during the arrival of a small Turkish ferry carrying migrants who are deported to Turkey on April 4, 2016 at the port of Dikili district in Izmir. Migrants return from Greece to Turkey begun under the terms of an EU deal that has worried aid groups, as Athens struggles to manage the overload of desperate people on its soil. Over 51,000 refugees and migrants seeking to reach northern Europe are stuck in Greece, after Balkan states sealed their borders. Hundreds more continue to land on the Greek islands every day despite the EU deal. / AFP / OZAN KOSE (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

German activists show a banner during the arrival of a small Turkish ferry carrying migrants who are deported to Turkey on April 4, 2016 at the port of Dikili district in Izmir. (OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

In the preceding days migrants have repeatedly broken out of the new holding centers on the Greek islands, and some have even threatened to kill themselves if returned to turkey.

Others near the border with Macedonia—which is now firmly closed—have formed human chains to block major roads in protest.

People shout 'No Turkey' at the port at the town of Chios where refugees and migrants who broke out from Vial detention center are camped out on April 3, 2016. Under a European Union deal with Turkey, migrants and refugees arriving after March 20 are to be held in centres set up on five Aegean islands, including Chios, and sent back if their asylum applications are not accepted. Returns are supposed to begin on April 4 / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

People shout ‘No Turkey’ at the port at the town of Chios where refugees and migrants who broke out from Vial detention center are camped out on April 3, 2016. (Getty)

A man holds a placard as he stands next to an EU flag at the port at the town of Chios where refugees and migrants who broke out from Vial detention center are camped out, on April 3, 2016. Under a European Union deal with Turkey, migrants and refugees arriving after March 20 are to be held in centres set up on five Aegean islands, including Chios, and sent back if their asylum applications are not accepted. Returns are supposed to begin on April 4 / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

A man holds a placard as he stands next to an EU flag at the port at the town of Chios where refugees and migrants who broke out from Vial detention center are camped out, on April 3, 2016. (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty)

MYTILINI, GREECE - 4 APRIL: A banner "Turkey is not safe" hung by activist during a protest against deportation on 4 April in Mytilini on Lesvos island Greec during a first day of deportation after an agreement between EU and Turkey on refugees crisis.Some one hundret sixty migrants who refused to apply for asylum have been deported early morning.(Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption***

MYTILINI, GREECE – 4 APRIL: A banner “Turkey is not safe” hung by activist during a protest against deportation on 4 April in Mytilini on Lesvos island Greec during a first day of deportation (Getty)

In late March, Ankara and Brussels agreed to close the so-called Balkan route by which over a million migrants traveled through Greece and Macedonia north to the other EU member states during the past year.

According to the agreement, in exchange for financial and political favours Turkey pledged to take back all the illegal migrants who cross into the European Union from its borders.

Brussels will provide 3 billion euros in aid to Ankara for the more than 2 million Syrian refugees residing in Turkey, with the option to increase aid by an additional 3 billion. Turkey also expects an accelerated process of accession to the EU, one of its long-standing goals.

A picture taken in Mytilene, on Lesbos island on April 3, 2016 shows the Moria migrant camp transformed in police-run detention facility. Migrants returns from Greece to Turkey will begin on April 4, 2016 under the terms of an EU deal that has worried aid groups, as Athens struggles to manage the overload of desperate people on its soil. Over 51,000 refugees and migrants seeking to reach northern Europe are stuck in Greece, after Balkan states sealed their borders. Hundreds more continue to land on the Greek islands every day despite the EU deal. / AFP / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A picture taken in Mytilene, on Lesbos island on April 3, 2016 shows the Moria migrant camp transformed in police-run detention facility. (ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian refugees protest chanting 'No Turkey, No Vial ( detention center)' at the port of Chios where refugees and migrants who broke out from Vial detention center camp out on April 3, 2016. Under a European Union deal with Turkey, migrants and refugees arriving after March 20 are to be held in centres set up on five Aegean islands, including Chios, and sent back if their asylum applications are not accepted. Returns are supposed to begin on April 4. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian refugees protest chanting ‘No Turkey, No Vial ( detention center)’ at the port of Chios where refugees and migrants who broke out from Vial detention center camp out on April 3, 2016.

The deal has faced strong opposition from rights groups, and senior UN migration official Peter Sutherland said Saturday that the deal was “absolutely” illegal.

“Collective deportations without having regard to the individual rights of those who claim to be refugees are illegal,” he told BBC radio. “Their rights have to be absolutely protected where they are deported to — in other words Turkey.”

Amnesty International said this week that Turkey was not a “safe country” for refugees, reporting that Ankara was forcing around 100 Syrians to return to their war-torn country every day.

Turkey rejected the criticism, with the foreign ministry saying Saturday “the allegations do not reflect reality in any way”.

Migrants and refugees hold hands as they block the highway near the town of Polykastro to protest for the opening of the Greek-Macedonian border on April 2, 2016 after thousands of them are stranded by the Balkan border blockade. Migrant returns from Greece to Turkey will begin on April 4, 2016 under the terms of an EU deal that has worried aid groups, as Athens struggles to manage the overload of desperate people on its soil. Over 51,000 refugees and migrants seeking to reach northern Europe are stuck in Greece, after Balkan states sealed their borders. Hundreds more continue to land on the Greek islands every day despite the EU deal. / AFP / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Migrants and refugees hold hands as they block the highway near the town of Polykastro to protest for the opening of the Greek-Macedonian border on April 2, 2016 (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty)

Migrants and refugees block the highway near the town of Polykastro to protest for the opening of the Greek-Macedonian border on April 2, 2016 after thousands of them are stranded by the Balkan border blockade. Migrant returns from Greece to Turkey will begin on April 4, 2016 under the terms of an EU deal that has worried aid groups, as Athens struggles to manage the overload of desperate people on its soil. Over 51,000 refugees and migrants seeking to reach northern Europe are stuck in Greece, after Balkan states sealed their borders. Hundreds more continue to land on the Greek islands every day despite the EU deal. / AFP / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Migrants and refugees block the highway near the town of Polykastro to protest for the opening of the Greek-Macedonian border on April 2, 2016 (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty)

Tom Williams contributed to this report


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