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EU ministers visit Greek migrant camp

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 00:57

EU ministers visit a migrant camp in Greece and say they are confident the EU-Turkey deal will improve soon. Julie Noce reports.

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Ministers from France, Italy, the Netherlands and other EU countries tour a migrant reception center in Greece Saturday. They were there to asses the progress of an EU plan to stem the influx of migrants into Europe. The controversial deal will see all migrants who entered Greece illegally after March 20th, and who did not apply for asylum, returned to Turkey. The EU will then give Turkey money and visa-free travel, and will progress its EU membership negotiations. Greek officials have said the programme needs about one or two weeks before real results are seen. This particular centre houses some 1600 people - about half are children. Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said he's relatively optimistic about the plan's success. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DUTCH FOREIGN MINISTER, BERT KOENDERS, SAYING: It's difficult for all the people here because of course they still have to wait for the asylum procedure, but everybody gets one so that is, I think very positive. The ministers are scheduled to visit Turkey later on Sunday.

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EU ministers visit Greek migrant camp

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 00:57