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Greece: Afghan refugees fly to Portugal for resettlement | WGN Radio 720

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Afghan refugees wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus will board a plane to Portugal at Elefterios Venizeros International Airport in Athens on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Forty-one refugees from Afghanistan have relocated as part of immigration unification. The plan was agreed between the two countries. (AP Photo / Thanassis Stavrakis)

Athens, Greece (AP) —Greek officials said 41 Afghan refugees flew from Athens to Portugal on Tuesday as part of a bilateral agreement to resettle 1,000 granted asylum. ..

Afghanistan visited Greece in August before the Taliban took over Afghanistan. An additional 43 people are expected to fly to Portugal in the coming weeks, according to Greek officials.

Athens aims to reduce the number of refugees living in the country through bilateral agreements with other European Union member states.

Greece has the fifth largest number of pending asylum applications among EU countries, after Germany, France, Spain and Italy, according to Brock’s figures reported at the end of June.

Athens has recently tightened its policies on illegal immigration and tightened regulations on the land and sea borders with Turkey.

Earlier on Tuesday, 11 unmanned migrant minors flew to Paris as part of another relocation program.

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Greece: Afghan refugees fly to Portugal for resettlement | WGN Radio 720

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