Pakistanis first in line for deportation from Greece
Of the 326 migrants deported from Greece under the EU-Turkey agreement, 201 have been Pakistani. After spending their savings on the dangerous trip, they are terrified of being returned to Turkey, reports Jodi Hilton.
'Unauthorized' on Lesbos
"The camp is completely illegal," said Mario Andriotis, press officer for the local mayor's office, of the camp where these men are staying on Lesbos Island in Greece. "We are trying to resolve the situation peacefully, but if they do not vacate, we will be obliged to call in the police."
Picked up at sea
A group of migrants wait on a police bus at the port of Mytilene after being detained by the Greek coast guard. The same week Greece began deporting people considered to be ineligible for asylum to Turkey.
Deportees escorted away
Two hundred and two migrants in total were deported to Turkey on April 8 alone. The biggest group among them was made up of 130 Pakistanis, followed by Afghans and a handful of men from Bangladesh, Congo, India, Iran and Sri Lanka.
Pakistani migrants sit in protest at Moria Camp, a detention center on Lesbos. One young Balochi from Pakistan who fled the war there climbed an electrical pole and threatened to hang himself before being coaxed down by his friends.
Desperate Pakistani father
Ijaz, 38, a laborer who is the sole provider for his family, sold his house to finance the trip to Europe. "I am a very poor man." His dreams of lifting his family out of poverty had been dashed. "I'd rather die than be sent back to Turkey," he said.
Living in fear
A migrant runs from police back to the relative safety of the No Borders Kitchen camp on Lesbos. The migrants are made to stay near the camp, and at night police prevent them from entering the port area and city center.
Migrants line up for dinner at the No Borders camp, where they work and live together with activists. The camp is run on a non-hierarchical system, in which all people are considered free and equal and decisions are made during group meetings.
Pakistani men warm themselves by a fire in the evening. Several men said that in Turkey they were taken hostage and held for ransom, including Hassan, who said he fled Pakistan after surviving multiple assassination attempts. "Turkey is not a safe country," he said.