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Ankara has called on the EU to show greater “solidarity” with Turkey in order to tackle a wave of migration to the bloc. Under a new proposal, Brussels will evacuate all refugees on Greek islands, and pay for the costs.
Davutoglu said the EU should show more solidarity with Turkey
European Parliament President Martin Schulz said on Monday that Ankara wants an additional 3 billion euros (3.29 billion) to the 3 billion Brussels has already pledged to stem the tide of refugees entering the EU from the Anatolian country.
Turkey’s high expectations of the EU summit
Turkish experts fear that both Turkey and Europe have unrealistic expectations at the EU summit. For Ankara, it’s about more than just financial aid.
Schultz said a “further request on the Turkish side for additional money – 3 billion euros — are in the debate, are in the discussion.”
The additional 3 billion euros would be paid out through to 2018 to assist Ankara with sheltering Syrian refugees.
Turkey also asked for Brussels to speed up visa liberalization and improve conditions for EU accession talks in exchange for a Ankara’s support in stemming irregular migration to the bloc.
A proposal being discussed at the summit would have Turkey repatriate one migrant for each Syrian refugee the EU takes in from its camps.
“For every Syrian readmitted by Turkey from Greek islands, another Syrian will be resettled from Turkey to the EU member states,” said the proposal, which aims to also expedite Turkey’s EU accession talks.
It also adds that the EU will “evacuate completely refugees from the Greek islands and readmit only those, who crossed into the islands after a date to be determined,” adding that Brussels will incur all costs related to resettlement, according to Reuters news agency.
‘The whole picture’
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on the EU to show “solidarity,” noting that the Turkey and the EU needed other to tackle the migration crisis.
“We have to see the whole picture – not just irregular migration, but that the whole future of our continent is on the table,” said Davutoglu.
Turkey shelters more than 2.7 million Syrian refugees, according to UN figures.
More than one million migrants entered the EU in 2015, creating a political crisis in the 28-nation bloc with regards to managing the wave of migration.