(AP) The Latest on the mass migration into Europe (all times local):
A Greek official says there are early indications that NATO patrols in the eastern Aegean Sea are reducing the number of migrants traveling from Turkey to nearby Greek islands.
Dimitris Vitsas, the deputy defense minister, said expanded NATO patrols that started this week have put pressure on smugglers who have continued to bring migrants and refugees to Greek islands at an average of roughly 2,000 per day.
Vitsas told a state-run radio station: “Yesterday, we had about 700 people. So there is a strong eye on the situation.”
Turkey is currently in negotiations with the European Union for a broad agreement aimed at limiting the number of migrants crossing into Europe.
Turkey and Greece are backing a so-called re-admission agreement that would allow Greece to send back migrants who arrived illegally.