EU Approves Deal With Turkey on Curbing Migrant Influx – Finnish PM

© AP Photo / Santi PalaciosRefugees and migrants disembark on a beach after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from the Turkey's coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016
Refugees and migrants disembark on a beach after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from the Turkey's coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The European Union and Turkey have reached an agreement for Ankara to help Brussels curb migration flows into the bloc, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said Friday.

Protesting refugees and migrants block the railway tracks at the Greek-Macedonia border near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, the Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A two-day European Council summit on migration opened in Brussels on Thursday. EU leaders were expected to reach an agreement on an EU-Turkey action plan that envisions a one-for-one exchange of undocumented migrants for approved refugees later on Friday.

Under the EU-Turkey deal, agreed in principal earlier in March, the European Union is expected to accelerate Turkey's EU accession process and introduce a visa-free regime between Turkey and Europe, as well as gran 3 billion euros (over $3.3 billion) to Turkey to help it provide for refugees on its soil. Ankara has requested an additional 3 billion euros in funding through 2018.

“Turkey Agreement was approved,” Sipila tweeted from the European Council in Brussels.

Earlier, a source told Sputnik that there were four major disagreements between the EU and Turkey over the deal.

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