Turkey offers to sign migrant readmission agreements with 14 countries


Turkey has offered to sign readmission agreements with 14 countries, the foreign ministry’s spokesman said on Wednesday (March 1). The agreement would enable Turkey to more quickly take back migrants rejected by the European Union.

“We offered 14 countries that have been the source of irregular migration to sign readmission agreements. The number of migrants going to Greece from Turkey have significantly decreased as of February 2016. Our coast guard units and security forces are working hard to stop the irregular flow of migrants,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic told reporters at a media briefing.

The EU agreed a 3 billion Euros ($3.3 bln) aid deal with Turkey to help it shelter refugees mainly from the Syrian civil war, in return for preventing their travelling on to Europe.