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Turkey and the European Union apparently reach a deal on refugees under which Ankara will receive 3 billion more euros in aid
Resettling Syrians, aid and visa changes on table at EU-Turkey migration summit

Draft of summit conclusions says EU ready to double aid to €6bn, as leaders discuss plan to resettle one Syrian refugee in Europe for every Syrian returned to Turkey from Greek islands

A proposal to exchange Syrian refugees has been debated at an emergency EU-Turkey summit in Brussels, as Ankara demanded an extra €3bn to help manage Europe’s migration crisis.

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan criticises the European Union for its handling of the migrant and refugee crisis on Monday. The Turkish head of state said he hoped Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu would return from the meeting in Brussels with three billion euros in aid, promised to Turkey to tackle the refugee emergency

 

We have been teaching a university short course on “life stories” in the Calais “Jungle”. We have not found the “economic migrants” of whom French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve speaks. Students have had traumatic experiences far exceeding those defining a “refugee”. Fluent and educated in English, they want to use those skills. Many have relatives in the UK; some are minors. A number worked for UK or US forces and were consequently attacked.

Turkish leaders asked for more money to deal with the millions of Syrian refugees and sought progress on their effort to join the European Union.
One in, one out – the EU’s simplistic answer to the refugee crisis

The proposal that Europe will resettle every Syrian Turkey allows in from Greece is morally and legally complex

One in, one out. That was the unexpected compromise occupying EU and Turkish leaders in Brussels as they sought a means of managing Europe’s refugee crisis.

A lot was hanging on the Brussels summit, both for the EU and for Turkey. In the end, though, the important judgment will be on how it deals with suffering human beingsThere has been no more important European Union summit for years than the one that took place in Brussels on Monday on the migration crisis. Coping properly with the refugees who streamed into Europe in 2015 remains unfinished business. But preventing 2016 turning into a second, and possibly bigger, version of 2015 is now at least as pressing. By comparison, Britain’s arguments with the EU are second-order problems at best.

Merkel’s migration plan will turn Greece into a huge campsite | Josef Joffe

The German chancellor can save her open-door policy, but she’ll have to spend billions on a pay-offLast summer Angela Merkel swung open her country’s gates to the largest migration since the war. By year’s end, 1.1 million people had streamed into Germany from the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans: in January it was another 100,000.

The sight of Europe’s leaders kowtowing to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was sickening

It is waging war on an ethnic minority, its riot police just stormed the offices of a major newspaper, its secret service faces allegations of arming Isis, its military shot down a Russian bomber – and yet Turkey wants to join the European Union. The country’s swift descent into despotism poses yet another existential problem for the west.

European Parliament president Martin Schulz speaks at a news conference in Brussels on Monday following his meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Schulz pointed out that the migration and refugee crisis should not be linked to matters related to access negotiations between Turkey and the European Union. Turkey made an application to join the EU in 1987 but its progress has been met with conflict within the body

Freizer from UN, Çorabatır from Asylum and Immigration Research Center, and Ghanem from Syrian Women for Peace Initiative have expressed that UN 1325, CEDAW and İstanbul Convention pave the way for accepting refugee policy sensitive to social gender.
Female Turkish ambassadors are driving policy in a number of African nations, including Mozambique, the Ivory Coast, Namibia and Uganda

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