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Athens-Monday will be the first day of implementing the EU-Turkish deal on stopping refugee influx, amid the anticipation of Syrian refugees -coming from Turkey- entering Germany. The first group of refugees will also soon be sent out off Greece, despite the protests of human rights organizations.

Sources reveal that two Greek ships deporting masses of Syrians. The firs trip will move at least a hundred refugees escorted with a hundred police officers, while the second ship will move fifty refugees escorted with fifty policemen.

The trips will be made several times a day. Turkey on the other hand has begun procedures on registering immigrants coming in from Greece, within the context of the EU-Turkish deal on curbing refugee illegal influx into Europe.

On Friday, the Greek parliament passed by 169 votes to 107 a law allowing migrants arriving in the country to be returned to Turkey.

Under the proposition agreed last month, the EU will legally settle one Syrian in return for each migrant the over-strained Greece sends back to Turkey. All illegal migrants who have come to the Greek islands since March 20 will be sent back, although cases will also be considered individually.

In return Turkey is to get billions of euros in aid and political concessions from the EU.

Once the procedure starts on Monday, Germany will expect new Syrian families with children numbering in the “double-digit range,” German Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate told reporters on Friday.

Germans are set to take in their first refugees and the Turkish race to build emergency accommodation for the thousands about to be sent back from Greece.
Around 750 migrants are set to be sent back between Monday and Wednesday from the island of Lesbos to the Turkish port of Dikili.