Date
22 October 2017
Rescuers help migrants disembark on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey in this file picture taken on Nov. 25, 2015.  Photo: AFP
Rescuers help migrants disembark on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey in this file picture taken on Nov. 25, 2015. Photo: AFP

NATO deploys ships to Aegean to help in migrant crisis

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is joining for the first time efforts to stem the flow of migrants into Europe.

The alliance said it is sending ships from its standing maritime force to the Aegean Sea, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The ships will focus on monitoring, conducting surveillance and gathering intelligence to help Greece and Turkey crack down on the smuggling of people into Europe, the newspaper said.

NATO defense ministers gathered in Brussels approved the deal on Thursday at the request of Greece, Turkey and Germany.

The alliance will work with the European Union and the coast guards of Turkey and Greece.

The EU will give Turkey more than US$3 billion to crack down on smugglers, step up border patrols and offer new incentives, such as opening more schools and offering more work visas, to encourage the more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey to stay put.

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