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Migrants are escorted by Turkish police officers as they arrive in the Turkish coastal town of Dikili, Turkey, April 4, 2016 (Reuters)
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Syrian refugees walk past a hall after landing at Hanover airport, central Germany, on April 4, 2016 (AFP)
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Turkish police officers and officials provide security as migrants alight from a vessel transporting migrants from Greek island of Lesbos docked in Dikili port, Turkey, Monday, April 4, 2016 (AP)
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Turkish police officers and officials guide migrants as they alight from a vessel transporting migrants from Greek island of Lesbos docked in Dikili port, Turkey, Monday, April 4, 2016 (AP)
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An aircraft operated by Turkish Airlines stands on the tarmac after landing at Hanover airport, central Germany, on April 4, 2016, carrying among its passengers 16 Syrian refugees from Istanbul (AFP)
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Refugees and migrants arrive in the port of Mytilini on a Greek navy vessel after a rescue operation in the Aegean sea near the shores of Lesbos island Monday, April 4, 2016, during the first day of the implementation of the deal between EU and Turkey (AP)
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Protester hold banners as they demonstrate against deportations planned at the port of Mytilini, Lesbos island, Greece, on Monday, April 4, 2016, during the first day of the implementation of the deal between EU and Turkey (AP)
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A small Turkish ferry carrying migrants deported from Greece to Turkey, arrives on April 4, 2016 in the port of Dikili district in Izmir (AFP)
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A ferry carrying migrants from Greece to Turkey leaves the port of Mytilini in the island of Lesbos, Monday, April 4, 2016, during the first day of the implementation of the deal between EU and Turkey (AP)
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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 (AFP)
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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.

The first Syrians arrived in Germany from Istanbul on Monday under a controversial EU-Turkey migrant pact, an official from the German federal refugee office told AFP.

Under the scheme agreed with the EU last month, one Syrian refugee will be settled in Europe legally in return for every Syrian migrant taken back by Turkey from EU member Greece, which has faced the largest influx in recent months.

All irregular migrants who have landed on the Greek islands since March 20 face being sent back to Turkey -- although the deal calls for each case to be examined individually.

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