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

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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.

    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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