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The key elements of that draft statement, seen by Reuters are:

  • Turkey to readmit all “irregular”migrants crossing into Greek islands from Turkey;
  • For every Syrian readmitted by Turkey from the Greek islands, one Syrian refugee will be resettled from Turkey to the EU member states;
  • The EU will completely evacuate refugees from the Greek islands, readmitting only those who crossed into the islands after a date to be determined;
  • The EU will accelerate the lifting of visa requirements for Turkish citizens in the Schengen zone, so that this takes place, at the latest, by the end of June 2016;
  • The EU and Turkey will cooperate in any joint endeavours to establish humanitarian safe areas inside Syria;
  • The EU will provide Turkey with an extra 3bn Euros (on top of the 3bn Euros already made available) to help Turkey deal with Syrian refugees through to the end of 2018.

According to Reuters, the statement also makes reference to steps in the process of negotiating Turkish accession to the European Union.


  1. Thank you so much my dear friend, here are the most updated news

    Turkey tabled new proposals ahead of the EU summit on Monday, and there was uncertainty on whether any agreement would be possible.

    However, European Council President Donald Tusk said leaders had made a “breakthrough”, and he was hopeful of concluding a deal next week.

    He said the progress sent “a very clear message that the days of irregular migration to Europe are over”.

    In a statement, EU leaders said they broadly supported a deal that included:

    The return of all new irregular migrants crossing from Turkey to the Greek islands with the costs covered by the EU

    The resettlement of one Syrian from Turkey to the EU for every Syrian readmitted by Turkey from Greece

    Speeding up of plans to allow Turks visa-free travel in Europe, with a view to lifting visa requirements by June 2016

    Speeding up the payment of €3bn ($3.3bn; £2.2bn) promised in October, and a decision on additional funding to help Turkey deal with the crisis. Turkey reportedly asked for EU aid to be increased to €6bn ($6.6bn; £4.64bn)

    Preparations for a decision on the opening of new chapters in talks on EU membership for Turkey

    Speaking at a news conference after the summit, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey had made a “bold decision to accept all irregular illegal migrants… based on the assumption that for every one Syrian readmitted by Turkey from the Greek islands another Syrian will be resettled by Europe.

  2. Peter Fritz Walter

    March 8, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Thank you very much, Jaziri, for this additional information. It is very important!

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