EU, Turkey arrive at win-win migrant deal
Brussels: The EU and Turkey have agreed on a deal that’ll see migrants turned back from Greek islands — which could start as soon as this Sunday.
In a meeting high on handshakes, the 28 EU leaders and Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu sealed the deal that will allow thousands sent back to Turkey, while Ankara will see fast-track procedures to get billions in aid to deal with refugees on their territory, unprecedented visa concessions for Turks to come to Europe and a re-energising of their EU membership bid.
Davutoglu strode into the final joint session with the poise of a winner. He had previously stated that Turkey was not trying to use the crisis to get concessions from the EU.
Apart from easing visa restrictions, the EU will also offer Turkey — home to 2.7 million Syrian refugees — up to $6.6 billion in aid, and and faster EU membership talks.