A minister for migration in Greece says European Union countries would not be ready to deal with another surge in migration if a deal with Turkey to limit migrant and refugee arrivals collapses.

Yiannis Mouzalas said Greece and other European countries would be "severely tested" if the March agreement failed — in the wake of an attempted coup in Turkey and a government crackdown on its alleged sympathizers that has strained relations with the EU.

Mouzalas told private Skai television Thursday that "no country in Europe is ready" for a repeat of the mass arrival of migrants and refugees that occurred last year.

He made the remarks a day after a government official told the AP that the EU-Turkey deal was holding so far, with daily arrival numbers remaining low.