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ISTANBUL – The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):
Denmark's justice minister says members of a volunteer military unit will replace most police at its border with Germany to ease the officers' burden in coping with an influx of migrants.
Soeren Pind says 165 officers will be sent "back to their districts" and be replaced by 140 members of the Home Guard in June. They will be under police command at the border.
Pind spoke Tuesday after a parliamentary majority backed his plan.
The 48,000-strong entity of unpaid volunteers is often used to assist Danish defense units and police, and has also been deployed in Afghanistan and Kosovo.
Danes reinstated temporary controls at the German border on Jan. 4, only hours after Sweden required that travelers show valid documents. Last year, Denmark received some 20,000 asylum seekers.
Turkish officials and reports say 49 migrants have arrived in Turkey as part of a migration deal between Ankara and the European Union.
Ferries carrying migrants from the Greek islands of Kos, Chios and Lesbos reached the Turkish port towns of Gulluk, Cesme and Dikili on Tuesday, according to Turkish news agencies and an official at Dikili, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government rules.
According to the deal finalized last month, Turkey is to take back migrants who reached Greece after March 20. For every Syrian returned, Europe has pledged to take a Syrian refugee directly from Turkey to be resettled in an EU country.
Tuesday's group of migrants, from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Myanmar, was the third wave of migrants to be returned to Turkey.