EU, Turkey Agree to Migration Deal (video)

December 7th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized

By Brandon Peddle

After a month-long discussion and continuous disputes regarding how to deal with the biggest influx of refugees since World War II, the European Union and Turkey struck a deal on Sunday that aims to curb the number of refugees arriving in the EU. The deal will grant 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) to Turkey for refugee aid and will strengthen security on the Turkish-EU borders that have become gateways for more than 800,000 migrants. Turkey has taken in more than 2 million of the 5 million refugees registered through the UN, substantially more than any other country.

The Turkish government sees the agreement as an opportunity to improve relations with the EU and ultimately advance their ongoing quest for admission into the union.

"Today is a historic day in our accession process to the EU," Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters. "I am grateful to all European leaders for this new beginning."

The hastiness with which the deal was crafted coupled with Turkey's seemingly self-interested priorities have raised questions regarding how helpful the provisions will be to those fleeing the violence in Syria.

In regards to criticism that the deal is hollow, Former EU Ambassador to Turkey Marc Pierini stated, "3 billion euros is genuine and will improve the daily life of several people."

Piers Scholfield of BBC News wrote, "The deal is fraught with political risk," because of Turkey's tense relations with Russia following the downing of a Russian jet in Turkish airspace, as well as ongoing crackdowns on the Turkish press by the government.

Melanie Ward, an associate director of policy and advocacy for International Rescue Committee in Britain, said it will only make the journey for those determined to get to the EU even harder.

"[The agreement] is deeply concerning because it is primarily designed to obstruct the movement of those seeking refugee...which runs contrary to the EU's basic founding principles," she said.

If Turkey does not stand by the agreement, the EU will quickly nix the possibility of Turkey's membership and refugees still searching to for a place to resettle will remain without homes.

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