EU, Turkey agree on plan with Ankara taking back all illegal migrants
The European Union and Turkey have agreed on principles of a plan which stipulates that Ankara will take back all illegal migrants who have arrived from Turkey to Greece, including the acceleration of visa liberalization, additional funding and new safe areas in Syria, European Council President Donald Tusk said Tuesday.
"We agreed to work on the basis of the following principles: the return of all new...migrants crossing from Turkey into the Greek islands, the acceleration of the implementation of the visa liberalization roadmap, the speeding-up of...three billion euros and additional funding for the refugee facility for Syrians, the preparation for the opening of new chapters in the accession negotiations, the possibility of establishing in Syria areas which will be more safe and, finally, to resettle Syrian refugees on a one-for-one basis," Tusk said at a press conference following the EU-Turkey summit.
On Monday, the Turkey-EU summit on migration took place in Brussels. The summit focused on stemming migration flows into the European Union. During the event, the sides discussed cooperation on migration, focusing on a speedy implementation of the EU-Turkey action plan approved in November.
"The days of irregular migration to Europe are over," Tusk said, adding that the Balkan route used by migrant to reach Europe, was due to stop its existence.