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Migrant Crisis: Turkey And EU Reach Deal On Returns

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European Union leaders and Turkey have finalised a deal to try to ease the migrant crisis.

European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted there was “unanimous” agreement between Turkey and the 28 EU leaders.

Under the scheme, from midnight Sunday migrants arriving in Greece will be sent back to Turkey if their asylum claim is rejected, EU sources said.

In return, EU countries will resettle thousands of Syrian migrants living in Turkey.

For Turkey, the deal will also bring financial aid and faster EU membership talks.

But some of the initial concessions have been watered down and some EU members have expressed disquiet over Turkey’s human rights record.

An EU source told the BBC up to 72,000 Syrian migrants living in Turkey would be settled in the EU under the agreement.

They added that the mechanism would be abandoned if the numbers returned to Turkey exceeded that figure.

Since January 2015, a million migrants and refugees have entered the EU by boat from Turkey to Greece. More than 132,000 have arrived this year alone.

Tens of thousands are now stuck in Greece as their route north has been blocked.

Greek Interior Minister Panagiotis Kouroublis has compared conditions at the Idomeni camp, on the border with Macedonia, to a Nazi concentration camp.

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