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EU welcomes Turkish plan on migrant crisis

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 - 01:09

European Union leaders welcomed a Turkish plan to help curb the massive flow of migrants into Europe. Julie Noce reports.

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European Union leaders welcomed Turkey's offer to take back migrants who cross into Europe from its soil in exchange for more aid during a summit in Brussels on Monday. European Council President Donald Tusk. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT, DONALD TUSK, SAYING: "Firstly, I would like to announce the decision by the EU leaders to end the wave-through approach, which means that the irregular flow of migrants along the Western Balkans route have now come to an end." Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said they would take back all migrants who enter Europe from Turkey, including Syrian refugees, and those intercepted in its territorial waters. In exchange, they want more funding to help Syrian refugees stay in Turkey, faster EU membership talks and quicker visa-free travel. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the plan a breakthrough. Details of the plan still need to be worked out. EU leaders will meet next week for more discussions. The U.N. has said that the EU should not shut its doors and should be willing to take in hundreds of thousands more refugees from Turkey.

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EU welcomes Turkish plan on migrant crisis

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 - 01:09