The EU leaders approved the draft agreement with Turkey on the expulsion of illegal immigrants, reports Reuters referring to the message on Twitter, Prime Minister of Finland. On Friday morning, the parameters of the transaction were agreed upon the head of the European Council Donald Tusk and Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu.
According to the agreement all illegal migrants since March 20, will be sent from Greece back to Turkey, reports the Financial Times. High-ranking Turkish official source told Reuters that the actual expulsion of migrants will begin on 4 April and will apply to arrivals in Greece from March 20.
In respect of each migrant will be an individual assessment of the threats that it will face if returned to their homeland. According to the newspaper, the EU representatives assured that mass deportations will not happen.
For agreeing to accept migrants from the EU, Turkey will receive confirmation of additional funding in the amount of €3 billion, writes the FT, which means that the total amount of financial assistance to 2019 will amount to €6 billion.
As part of the deal the EU will resume talks on Turkey’s accession to the European Union, suspended at the initiative of France in 2007.
Sources Bloomberg reported earlier that the outcome document contains minor changes compared to the text agreed on Thursday evening.
In 2015, through the Aegean sea to Greece the profits of 857 thousand during the current year the number of migrants reached Greece by this route amounted to 144 thousand people, according to Bloomberg.
The Agency notes that the meaning of the Convention is to order the arrival in Europe of migrants entitled to asylum. However, Bloomberg adds, there are fears that the closure of the route through the Aegean sea will result in increased illegal migration across the Adriatic sea to Italy.