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    EU-Turkey Summit Focusing on Migration Issues to Kick Off Monday

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    The EU-Turkey summit focusing on stemming migration flows into the bloc is set to kick off on Monday in Brussels.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) —The EU leaders are expected to discuss with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu their cooperation on migration, focusing on a speedy implementation of the EU-Turkey action plan, according to the European Council website.

    In order to prepare for the Monday meeting, European Council President Donald Tusk had travelled to several European capitals, including Vienna, Athens, Zagreb, to build a consensus on migration.

    The meeting on Monday will be followed by a joint press point of Tusk and Davutoglu, and then continue with a working session focusing on the full application of the Schengen agreement and the reinforcement of humanitarian assistance to refugees arriving in the bloc.

    Europe has been beset by a refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their home countries in the Middle East and North Africa to escape violence and poverty, with many of those using the so-called Western Balkan route to get into the western EU states.

    In late November 2015, the European Commission held a joint summit with Turkey. Following the meeting, the deal was agreed upon, under which Turkey promised to prevent refugees currently in the country or arriving there from reaching Europe in return for financial assistance in 2016-2017 and renewed talks on its EU accession.

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