Turkey and EU seek to improve cooperation on borders

News article

This week, Turkey and the European Union signed a deal – the EU-Turkey readmission agreement – to establish, on the basis of reciprocity, procedures for the rapid and orderly readmission of the persons having entered on the other side in an irregular manner. This will result in Turkey taking baking people caught entering the EU illegally from Turkish territory, in exchange for talks with Brussels about instituting visa-free travel in the bloc for Turks.

More than half of the 72,000 immigrants entering the EU illegally in 2012 came via Turkey (most of them into Greece, others to Bulgaria) according to Frontex. The vast majority of those crossing into Greece and Bulgaria this year are Syrians fleeing the war at home.

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