New Turkey, EU migrant deal enforced

New Turkey, EU migrant deal enforced

Europe's attempt to stop the migrant crisis came into effect today: a deal struck between Turkey and the European Union.

More than a million people -- mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan -- have entered Greece since last year.

Already this year, 144,149 have made the dangerous crossing from Turkey to Greece -- while 1213 people continue to arrive every day.

Most hope to trek north along the Western Balkans Route and eventually get to Germany.

However, as of today, those crossing by sea from Turkey to Greece are supposed to be shipped back. But that hasn't happened yet.

The deal will be enforced by 2300 security and migration officials, who are yet to arrive, while Turkey gets $5 billion to house the migrants sent back.

As the midnight deadline approached, the fear of making the dangerous sea crossing was spiked with another fear: would they make it before the border was slammed closed?

However, this time, rescue teams on the Greek island of Lesbos were still there to offer help and hope.

Still, for one man, the journey across the Aegiean Sea for a new life in Europe was too much.

When dawn arrived, so did more boats. Because, with a crisis of this size, there is no way to immediately stop them.

"We need results in a few weeks, because the credibility of the deal depends on the results being there, because there is so much at stake," says Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini.

The deal discourages people from working with smugglers.

For every Syrian returned to Turkey, another Syrian who didn't try to cross illegally will be resettled in the EU.

But those who need to know the new rules are in the dark.

"I don't know what should happen in the future, what I should do, because there is nothing clear," says one migrant.

These are the first people to test the new deal in place -- it's not yet clear if it can be properly enforced, or if it will persuade the migrants that it's time to forget about Europe.