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Turkey Wants EU Visa-Free Regime in Exchange for Tackling Migrants - Source

© AFP 2021 / ARIS MESSINISRefugees and migrants arrive on a dinghy at the port of Mytilene, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey, on February 18, 2016
Refugees and migrants arrive on a dinghy at the port of Mytilene, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey, on February 18, 2016 - Sputnik International
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In exchange for the active efforts in tackling the migration crisis, Turkey requested the European Union to introduce a visa-free regime this spring among other issues, a European diplomatic source said Monday.

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BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — On March 7, Turkey-EU summit on migration took place in Brussels. The summit focused on stemming migration flows into the European Union. During the event, the sides discussed cooperation on migration, focusing on a speedy implementation of the EU-Turkey action plan approved in November.

"Turkey has offered the European Union to sent to the country a million of migrants, who would have been denied asylum at the EU territory in three years starting from June 1. In exchange, Turkey demands in addition to the 3 billions of [$3.28 billion at current exchange rates] already promised by the European Union, an additional financial assistance of at least 2 billion a year… Besides that, Ankara requested to introduce the visa-free regime for the short trips of the Turkish citizens to the European Union as early as this spring," the source told RIA Novosti.

The source added that Turkey also requested to fasten the process of negotiations on Ankara's accession to the 28-nation bloc.

The previous similar summit between Turkey and the European Union on the migration issues was held in November 2015. The sides approved a joint plan to counter excessive migration into the bloc, under which EU member states will give some 3 billions of to Ankara and fast track negotiations for its accession to the bloc. In turn, Turkey is to help protect EU borders from illegal crossings, and is expected to agree to resettle refugees that have managed to get to Europe from Turkey.

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