Migrant crisis: European commission to grant turkey free-visa travel

Migrant crisis: European commission to grant turkey free-visa travel

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–  Migrant crisis: European commission to grant turkey free-visa travel

– A source has revealed that European commission is prepared to grant free-visa travel to Turkey.

– It is claimed that Turkey has met with about 50% of EU demanding criteria to enjoy the free-visa

 

Migrant crisis: European commission to grant turkey free-visa travel
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Migrant crisis: European commission to grant turkey free-visa travel

Amidst the recent migrant crisis being experienced in Europe, a source has disclosed to BBC that the European Commission is to grant Turkey conditional approval this Wednesday for visa-free travel within the EU’s Schengen area.

The move is part of a deal in which Turkey has agreed to take back migrants who have crossed the Aegean to Greece.

However EU’s intervention is only conditional as Turkey is expected to still meet EU criteria.

The European Commission is in fear that if the visa agreement slides, so will Turkey’s commitment to stopping migrants.

Migrant crisis: European commission to grant turkey free-visa travel

The agreement says Turkey must meet 72 conditions by 4 May to earn access by the end of June, but diplomats have said that only about half of those points have been met so far.

The freedom of speech; the right to a fair trial and revising terrorism legislation to better protect minority rights – these are just some of the criteria demanded by the EU of countries before it lifts visa requirements even for short-term travel.

The huge numbers of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe from Turkey, and from North Africa, has caused a political crisis among EU states.

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If the European Commission (the EU’s executive body) does make the recommendation this Wednesday that Turks be granted visa-free travel in Europe’s Schengen area, as whispers from well-placed EU sources suggest, then it will be doing so holding its nose and its breath.

Under the EU-Turkey agreement, migrants who have arrived illegally in Greece since 20 March are to be sent back to Turkey if they do not apply for asylum or if their claim is rejected.

For each Syrian migrant returned to Turkey, the EU is to take in another Syrian who has made a legitimate request.

Human rights groups question the deal’s legality and argue that Turkey is not a safe place to return people to.

Last month, however, European Council President Donald Tusk said the deal had begun to produce results.

Migrant crisis: European commission to grant turkey free-visa travel

He praised the Turkish government as “the best example in the world on how to treat refugees”, despite criticism by rights groups of the agreement.

At the same time, Turkish PM Ahmed Davutoglu said his country had fulfilled its part of the agreement and that the issue of the visa waiver for the EU’s Schengen area was “vital” for Turkey.