ANKARA (Sputnik) — According to Turkey's NTV television channel, some 130 migrants mostly from Pakistan and Bangladesh arrived in Dikili on board of Nazli Jale and Lesvos vessels.
Earlier in the day, the Ankara-Brussels agreement on returning of undocumented migrants in exchange for Syrian refugees on a one-for-one basis came into force.
Earlier in March, Brussels and Ankara worked out and agreed on a deal under which Turkey pledged to take back all undocumented migrants that had arrived to the European Union in exchange for the asylum seekers from Syria. In return, the European Union pledged to provide a total of 3 billion euros (over $3.3 billion) to Turkey for dealing with refugees, with a possible further 3 billion-euro provision, accelerate Ankara's EU accession process and introduce a visa-free regime between Turkey and Europe.
Europe has been beset by a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their home countries in the Middle East and North Africa to escape violence and poverty. The majority of them arrive through the Turkish territory.