EU and Turkey have finally agreed to ease the unprecedented migrants influx near Greece during a summit in Brussels on Monday.
European Council President Donald Tusk has said that illegal migrants would be sent back to Turkey. While Turkey wants EU to accept a Syrian refugee on every migrant it would send back to Turkey.
However, Turkey is believed to have demanded an additional $3.3bn in return for inspecting the flow of migrants across the Aegean Sea. It is yet to receive $3.3bn by the end of 2018 to recover the expenses for managing refugees. The request of additional amount has been confirmed between Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s prime minister, and EU leaders, during the summit.
“Deal. Breakthrough with Turkey.” tweeted Martin Selmayr, spokesperson for Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission (EC).
Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s prime minister, said: “President of #EUCO will take forward the proposals and work out the details with the Turkish side before the March #EUCO.”
Following the agreement, by the end of June, Brussels could allow Turkish citizens to the right to travel to the EU’s Schengen zone without a visa. BBC also reports that further discussion over migrant crisis will continue in a EU meeting scheduled on 17-18 March.
Meanwhile, Turkey is also buckling down to secure EU membership. Davutoglu said that Turkey is ready to work with EU and is ready to be a member.
Currently, around 2.75 million refugees from Syria are living in temporary accommodations in Turkey. Meanwhile, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised EU for its “unwillingness” to cope with migrant influx and its demand on Turkey to restrict the influx of migrants.
He said that Turkey is not sending the migrants. “They are going [to Greece] by sea and many of them are dying” he said.
“We have rescued close to 100,000 from the sea. Others are puncturing their boats and causing their deaths.” he added in a report by Aljazeera.
On Sunday, a boat carrying 25 migrants capsized off the Turkish coast while going to Greece. The boat submerged near the town of Didim – a popular seaside resort.