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Drifting freighter carrying migrants towed to Greek island

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Greece’s Migration and Asylum Ministry said a small freighter carrying 382 people was towed to the island of Kos and 375 of the passengers transferred to a special center for migrants

All passengers will be quarantined, the ministry said, adding that their stay on the island will be temporary.

The Turkish-flagged freighter was located off the island of Greece on Friday and towed to a “safe anchorage” on Saturday off Kos, near the Turkish coast.

Coastguard officials said the boat’s passengers were mostly men and mostly from Afghanistan. Sunday’s announcement made no mention of the passengers’ ethnicity.

The EU and Turkey have signed an agreement which obliges Turkey to take back migrants entering the EU who have not been granted asylum. But Turkey, which itself now hosts more than 3 million migrants, continues to be reluctant and uses the issue as a political lever.

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