The EU has struck a deal with Turkey that would allow all refugees and migrants arriving in Europe being sent back across the Aegean Sea.
Confirmation of deal
- The European council president, Donald Tusk, confirmed the deal on Friday afternoon after clearing the key sticking points with the Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu
What is the deal?
- The agreement means that all refugees and migrants arriving in Greecefrom Sunday can expect to be returned to Turkey
- In return for taking back refugees, Turkey can expect re-energised talks on its EU membership
- The EU has also agreed to speed up the disbursement of €3bn (£2.3bn) intended to help Syrian refugees in Turkey
Controversy over the deal
- For every Syrian refugee the EU sends back across the Aegean, a Syrian in Turkey will be given a new home in Europe.
- However the refugees from Turkey has been fixed at 72000 short of the 1,08,000 refugees suggested by International aid agencies
Proposals agreed & denied
- Turkey’s proposal to rejoin EU has not been fully considered providing relief to the Ankara state only in terms of Budget
- Turkey cannot get visa-free travel for its citizens by its preferred June deadline, without following 73 stringent conditions
- Turkey has promised that all returned people will be treated in line with international law, including guarantees that they will not be returned to the countries they have fled from
- Turkey’s Capital– Ankara
- EU has 28 member nations