EU and Turkey agree on migration deal

The leaders of the 28 EU countries and Turkey unanimously reached a landmark deal Friday aimed at halting illegal migration to Europe. New migrants arriving in Greece from Sunday who do not qualify for asylum will be sent back to Turkey in operations paid for by the EU.

In the "one in, one out" deal, for every illegal migrant that Turkey accepts, the EU would resettle one Syrian refugee from Turkish camps, amid the biggest refugee crisis since World War Two.

The EU will also offer Turkey – currently home to 2.7 million Syrian refugees – up to 6bn euros in aid, faster EU membership talks and visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the EU. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the pact will have legal challenges.


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