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    EU May Find Common Solution to Refugee Crisis at Next Summit – Greek Gov’t

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    Greek government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said that EU leaders and Turkey can secure a deal on resolving the massive refugee crisis at the upcoming summit in Brussels.

    ATHENS (Sputnik) The EU leaders and Ankara can secure a deal on resolving the massive refugee crisis at the upcoming summit in Brussels, Greek government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said Wednesday.

    "We can find a common European solution for the effective resolution of the migration crisis, of course, on the basis of trends developed at previous summits. This includes compliance with the EU-Turkey agreement," Gerovasili said at a briefing.

    Athens is currently expecting an allocation of funds from Brussels to ease the strain of mass arrivals to the country, according to the spokeswoman.

    Europe has been beset by a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their home countries to escape violence and poverty. Many of them have taken the West Balkan route, which crosses Greece, using the county as an entry point into the bloc from which they travel onward to wealthier EU states where they intend to apply for asylum.

    The leaders of the EU member states are due to attend a two-day European Council meeting on March 17-18, where they are expected to discuss further steps in resolving the European migrant crisis.

    Earlier in March, Ankara pledged to take back all undocumented migrants that had arrived to the European Union and send in their place documented Syrian refugees on one-for-one basis in exchange for 6 billion euros ($6.6 billion), the acceleration of visa liberalization negotiations and EU accession talks.


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