Tents line the inside of an old railway hangar near the town of Idomeni, Greece at the border with Macedonia. The refugees are being stopped from moving beyond Greece leaving thousands stranded in desperate conditions, March 13, 2016.
James Nachtwey for TIME
March 24, 2016 1:34 PM EDT

Greece reported on Thursday that no refugees or migrants landed in the country during the past 24 hours, the first full day of inaction on the coast since the European Union finalized a deal with Turkey to stem the flow.

The European Union and Turkey deal, which diverts migrant traffic out of Greece and back into Turkey, took effect on Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to Greece government data, only 260 refugees entered Greece on Tuesday — an amount much lower than the few thousand per day entering a few months ago. Roughly 856,000 refugees passed through Greece last year.

Read more: This 13-Year-Old Girl Stranded in a Refugee Camp Is Praying to Get Out

Since Greek borders with Northern Europe closed earlier this month, refugees have become stranded across Greece. There are some 50,000 refugees at a camp in Piraeus, and about 12,000 stuck in Idomeni near Macedonia.


More Must-Reads From TIME

Write to Julia Zorthian at julia.zorthian@time.com.

You May Also Like