The Netherlands has worked out a plan to send asylum seekers who arrive on the Greek islands by boat back to Turkey immediately and a team of international civil servants are already working out the details, the Volkskrant says on Thursday.

The plan was outlined by Labour party leader Diederik Samsom in an interview with the paper and in radio interviews. 'The Aegean Sea has become a mass grave,' Samsom told Radio 1. 'Last year 3,700 people died. Millions of refugees are risking their lives to come here and we have to stop it.'

The Netherlands currently holds the rotating EU presidency and has made reducing the flow of refugees a priority.

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