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The European Union's three-billion-euro deal with Turkey aimed at rapidly stemming the flow of migrants and refugees crossing to Europe from the Turkish coast has not deterred refugees from making their way to the coastal city of Izmir where smugglers continue to do a brisk trade.
OXFORD, 30 November 2015 (IRIN) - As it becomes clear that winter weather and stricter border controls will not be enough to deter migrants and refugees from trying to reach Europe, the European Union has reached a three-billion-euro deal with Turkey aimed at substantially stemming the influx “with immediate effect”.
The European Council on 15 October welcomed the Joint Action Plan with Turkey as part of a comprehensive cooperation agenda based on shared responsibility, mutual commitments and delivery. The European Council also agreed to step up political and financial engagement with Turkey in a number of areas. As foreseen in the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan, the EU has committed to provide immediate and continuous humanitarian assistance in Turkey.
The UK will contribute up to £275 million over the next two years to help Turkey address the consequences of the Syria conflict. This bilateral support will contribute to a wider European effort – coordinated through an intergovernmental agreement – that will lever support from other EU member states. Taken together with €500 million from the European Commission it will create a €3 billion package in total.
This new support was announced at the Valletta Summit in Malta where European and African leaders met to develop a co-ordinated approach to tackle the migration crisis.
By Kristy Siegfried
OXFORD, 19 October 2015 (IRIN) - For EU member states struggling to agree on the best response to the refugee crisis, the fallback plan has long been to look to third countries to solve the problem for them.
European leaders’ desperate attempts to enlist Turkey as Europe’s gatekeeper are ignoring the manifest failures of the Turkish authorities to respect the rights of refugees and migrants, said Amnesty International today ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Istanbul tomorrow.
Talks between Angela Merkel and her Turkish counterparts – Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – on Sunday are set to cover the refugee crisis among other issues.
European Commission - Fact Sheet
Brussels, 6 October 2015
This Action Plan reflects the agreement between the EU and the Republic of Turkey to step up their cooperation on support of refugees and migration management to address the unprecedented refugee crisis.
[Version handed over on 5 October 2015 by European Commission President Juncker to the President of the Republic of Turkey Erdoğan]
Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, today met with Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioğlu to discuss the most pressing foreign policy issues, in particular the situation in Syria and the refugee crisis in light of the latest developments. Both agreed that tackling these common challenges requires the EU and Turkey to work closely together.
Source: Reuters - Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:43 GMT
Resentment rising between Syrians and Turks
Europe has "unfair" expectations of Turkey, official says
Refugee conditions expected to get tougher
More will flee to Europe if Syria solution not found
By Jonny Hogg
European Commission - Fact Sheet
Brussels, 17 September 2015
Updated with the most recent data available on 17 September 2015
For candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) and potential candidates (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo), the EU provides both financial and technical support. The aim of this support is to help the beneficiaries make political and economic reforms and to help them meet the obligations necessary for membership of the EU.
While the plight of Syrian refugees trying to get to Europe is grabbing attention, far more are living in cities and towns in the region. IIED hosted a recent workshop to look at how their needs can be best met.
Recent weeks have seen the Syrian humanitarian emergency grab the headlines. But as attention is focused on the individuals and families who have reached or are trying to reach Europe, the plight of the huge number of refugees living in towns and cities that already struggle to meet the basic needs of their residents should not be neglected.
Brussels, 27 August 2015
For candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) and potential candidates (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo), the EU provides both financial and technical support.
The aim of this support is to help the beneficiaries make political and economic reforms and to help them meet the obligations necessary for membership of the EU.
This is done primarily through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).
As of today more than four million Syrians have now fled the crisis in Syria and have become refugees in neighbouring countries, according to newest numbers from UNHCR. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) says that this is now the time for the international community to step up and take responsibility for the humanitarian consequences.
One thousand lives lost in Mediterranean crossings in April, 2015
EU triples funding for rescue operations in the Mediterranean
Turkey spends US $ 6 billion on hosting Syrian refugees
The Special Representative of the United Nations SecretaryGeneral on Sexual Violence in Conflict visits Turkey
Hacettepe University, Ankara hosts workshop on “Syrians in Turkey: From Emergency Aid policies to Integration Policies.”
Dorian Jones January 09, 2015 9:41 AM
ISTANBUL—The arrival on Italian shores of two crewless ships filled with more than 1,000 refugees – mostly Syrians – has put the spotlight on Turkey's role in people smuggling. With at least one of the ships believed to have used Turkey as a base for picking up their human cargo, the EU has demanded action by Ankara.