EU and Turkey has formally signed an agreement to send back migrants and refugees from Greece to Turkey, confirms the EU president.
- Now there is unanimity on the agreement between the EU and Turkey, writes Donald Tusk on Twitter.
The agreement became a fact on Friday afternoon after long and tough negotiations with both Turkey and the EU countries.
It was formally signed by the 28 EU countries and Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Friday afternoon in Brussels.
Turkey will, for a limited time, accept all refugees and migrants arriving by sea to Greece. In exchange, the EU must accept the same amount of Syrian refugees from Turkey.
The EU quota from Turkey is initially at 72,000 Syrians.
In addition, Turkey gets up to 6 billion euros in financial aid to deal with refugees and migrants who come to the country. It is also intended that talks on a possible Turkish EU membership will move forward before July.
The agreement also contains a paragraph on visa liberalization for Turks in Schengen by the end of June, if Ankara lives up to its 72 points of the agreement.
The agreement will go into force probably the coming Sunday, meaning that all migrants and refugees who take to the Greek islands after that, are covered by the new scheme. It is intended that the first returns to Turkey will be able to start from late March or early April.
At the same time the EU countries will start receiving refugees directly from Turkey.
In short, the EU has been blackmailed by Turkey, and has probably submitted to a total destruction of European culture by agreeing to this insane deal, where both "legal trafficking" and a "ransom" were included.
Now "illegal immigrant" can be taken out of the vocabulary in the EU, despite that the same people who previously were regarded as illegal immigrant are the ones who will arrive.
No wonder the Turkish Prime Minister is one big smile.
Good luck to us all!
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