: BBC: E.U. makes agreement on sending migrants travelling to Greece from Turkey back

10:47 Mar. 18, 2016

BBC: E.U. makes agreement on sending migrants travelling to Greece from Turkey back

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, March 17, 2016 (AP Photo)

EU leaders have agreed a joint position to put to Turkey in an attempt to reach a deal over the migrant crisis, Luxembourg's prime minister says

Xavier Bettel said the common EU position would be put to Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday morning (March 18).

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The proposed deal would see all migrants travelling to Greece from Turkey sent back. In return it is thought the EU might offer Turkey financial aid and visa-free access to Schengen countries.

As he arrived for the talks in Brussels, Mr Davutoglu said he hoped they could "achieve our goal of helping all the refugees as well as deepening Turkish-EU relations".

The plan suggests that for every Syrian refugee sent back, another Syrian would be resettled in the EU directly from refugee camps in Turkey.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Turkey had to meet international standards of protection for all migrants.

She said that the legal resettlement of Syrian refugees could start a few days after the first returns from Greece. Full story

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