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Factsheet: EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan

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A joint response On 29 November 2015, at the EU-Turkey summit, the Joint Action Plan was activated. Its aim is to step up cooperation for the support of Syrian refugees under temporary protection and their host communities in Turkey and to strengthen cooperation to prevent irregular migration flows to the EU. The implementation of the Joint Action Plan should bring order into migratory flows and help to stem irregular migration.

Work on the implementation of the Plan needs to be continued and reinforced, and progress made towards its full and effective implementation. It is important that the impact of the coordinated EU-Turkey efforts are rapidly reflected in results, in particular stemming the influx of irregular migrants.

Irregular arrivals to the EU 880,000 people arrived from Turkey to Greece since the beginning of 2015. The scale is immense and the Commission is working very closely with the Turkish authorities to reduce the scale of irregular crossings of the Aegean Sea.

The EU and Turkey have agreed on a Joint Action Plan to tackle this challenge together.