Tuesday's newspapers covered the first migrant swap between Turkey and the EU under a new deal


World Bulletin / News Desk

Tuesday's newspapers mainly dedicated their front pages to the first migrant arrivals from the Greek island of Lesbos to Turkey under a deal with the European Union (EU).

"Migrant swap" was MILLIYET's headline on a report that the migrant deal between Turkey and the EU went into effect on Monday.

According to the daily, 202 migrants – mostly citizens of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh – arrived in Turkey’s Dikili district in the western province of Izmir.

In return, 16 Syrians were flown to Germany, the paper wrote.

Under an agreement between Turkey and the EU, “irregular migrants” will be returned to Turkey from Greece in a one-for-one exchange for refugees in Turkish camps.

Around 2.7 million Syrians who have fled the civil war in their country are being sheltered in Turkish camps.

VATAN ran with the headline: "Coming, Going".

The daily said only two of 202 arrival refugees were Syrian citizens who demanded to return their own country.

The deal is designed to break people-smuggling gangs who have been trafficking refugees across the Aegean Sea, resulting in hundreds of deaths.

The EU Commission says just over 6,000 refugees crossed the sea from Turkey to Greece during the period between March 20 and April 3.

In other news, Turkish dailies covered the story of millions of secret documents, related to hundreds of thousands of offshore companies, leaked from a Panama-based law firm.

"Panama shakes", was HURRIYET's headline. The daily said that the leaked 11.5 million documents revealed monetary dealings of 12 world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin

CUMHURIYET described the documents leaks as "The art of laundering of millions" on its headline, reporting that they would create a political earthquake.

According to the paper, the documents were obtained by Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

The documents were later shared with the help of 400 journalists worldwide, the daily said. 

The documents are purported to be from Panama-based Monsack Fonseca, described as the world’s fourth-largest off-shore law firm and reveal secret companies linked to the families and associates of current and former heads of state in over 70 countries.

According to the U.K.’s The Guardian newspaper, the so-called Panama Papers contain 2.6 terabytes of data – more than the data released by U.S. intelligence informant Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks.

In economic news, financial newspaper DUNYA's headline reported Turkey's annual rate of inflation fell to 7.46 percent for March. 

The daily said that monthly inflation dropped 0.04 percent in March from the previous month.

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