ANKARA, Turkey – The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):
Spain's interior minister has said his country will take in 182 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy in the coming weeks.
Speaking to reporters in Luxembourg Thursday, Jorge Fernandez Diaz said Spain would accept 150 asylum seekers from Greece and 32 from Italy once they had been security vetted. He said they would arrive between the end of this month and the beginning of May.
Spain, Fernandez Diaz said, will also take in 385 Syrian refugees returned to Turkey. He gave no details as to when.
The minister said Spanish authorities were doing all they could to speed up taking in refugees after the country came in for criticism on the issue.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said efforts to stem the tide of migrants seeking the shores of Europe are working.
Speaking at a news conference Thursday with Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, the Turkish capital, Stoltenberg said the collective effort is "making a difference" and that the number of migrants crossing the Aegean Sea is "going significantly down."
Under an EU-Turkey deal signed last month, migrants arriving on Greek islands from the Turkish coast from March 20 onwards face deportation to Turkey unless they successfully apply for asylum in Greece.
The International Organization for Migration says Greece has seen fewer than 70 arrivals per day in the past 10 days, down from nearly 1,500 of arrivals per day before the deal was struck.
Stoltenberg also said Turkey, based on information that NATO provides, is "taking action to help break the business model of traffickers."