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Migrant arrivals in Greece down to just 18 in past 24 hours

  • Migrant men display used tear gas canisters apparently used by Macedonian police during yesterday riots at the fence in the makeshift camp of the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 11, 2016. More than 12,000 people have been stuck at the Idomeni border point for more than a month hoping that it would reopen. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    Migrant men display used tear gas canisters apparently used by Macedonian police during yesterday riots at the fence in the makeshift camp of the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 11, 2016. More than 12,000 people have been stuck at the Idomeni border point for more than a month hoping that it would reopen. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrant man visit the  fence border to greet the Macedonian police after yesterday riots at the fence at the makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 11, 2016. More than 12,000 people have been stuck here for more than a month amid hopes that the border would reopen.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    Migrant man visit the fence border to greet the Macedonian police after yesterday riots at the fence at the makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 11, 2016. More than 12,000 people have been stuck here for more than a month amid hopes that the border would reopen.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrant people caring Greece flag visiting fence border to greet the Macedonian police after  yesterday riots at the fence at the makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 11, 2016. More than 12,000 people have been stuck here for more than a month amid hopes that the border would reopen.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    Migrant people caring Greece flag visiting fence border to greet the Macedonian police after yesterday riots at the fence at the makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 11, 2016. More than 12,000 people have been stuck here for more than a month amid hopes that the border would reopen.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)  (The Associated Press)

Only 18 refugees and migrants have entered Greece by sea over the past 24 hours, a week after a European Union deal to deport new arrivals back to Turkey went into effect.

However, just over 53,000 remained stranded Monday in Greece, through which more than a million people from the Middle East and Africa have passed since the beginning of 2015, heading to more prosperous European countries.

Arrivals, mostly in frail smugglers' boats from Turkey, peaked above 200,000 in October. Following last month's EU-Turkey deal the numbers have dropped, with just 1,704 arrivals so far this month — about 189 daily.

About 11,000 migrants live in a tent city on the closed Macedonian border, hoping to continue north, despite repeated appeals from Greek authorities to relocate to organized shelters.