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Greek top administrative court approves forced deportations of Syrian migrants

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Greece’s top administrative court on Friday approved the forced deportation of two Syrian refugees, setting a precedent for hundreds of similar cases, a justice source said.

Over 750 Syrian exiles are likely to be affected by the ruling by the Greek council of state, the source said.

The refugees, two men aged 22 and 29, had filed a legal challenge after asylum committees rejected their pleas to not be returned to Turkey, from where they entered Greece last year.

Rights groups supporting the pair can contest the ruling at the European Court of Human Rights.

The deportations are part of a pact between Turkey and the EU that was designed to stem the flow of refugees and migrants after it reached historic proportions in 2015.

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