EU to give Turkey up to $3.4Bln if Ankara cooperates on refugee crisis
The European Union is considering providing Turkey with between 2 billion ($2.28 billion at current exchange rates) and 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in exchange for cooperation on easing a massive refugee influx to Europe, the commissioner for European neighborhood policy and enlargement negotiations said Thursday.
Brussels is investigating speeding up visa liberalization processes with Ankara in exchange for Turkey's efforts to limit the amount of refugees traveling to Europe, Johannes Hahn said in an interview with Der Standard newspaper.
The European Union is eager to assist the country in providing health care, employment and education to refugees fleeing violence in their home countries and arriving in Turkey, so that people would be less inclined to go to EU states, Hahn said.
Brussels seeks Turkey's cooperation on border control and a return policy for undocumented immigrants who reach Europe.