Greece wants to 'expand' EU-Türkiye migrant deal

Tue, 26 Sep 2023 9:40 GMT
Greece has announced that it wants to renew the migrant agreement signed between Brussels and Ankara in 2016.
Greece wants to 'expand' EU-Türkiye migrant deal

Greece wants a renewal of the 2016 agreement between Brussels and Ankara aimed at preventing migrants from reaching Europe.

Immigration Minister Dimitris Keridis noted that as one of the countries most affected by the migration issue, the aim is "to amend and extend the 2016 agreement on Greece's initiative".

Keridis told public television ERT, "We want an agreement. The climate is favourable. This agreement will be mainly a European-Turkish issue. This is a European-Turkish problem," he said.

The issue will be discussed at a meeting between senior Greek and Turkish officials in Thessaloniki on 7 December.  

Following the migration crisis in 2015, the EU countries signed an agreement requiring Ankara to keep Syrians, in particular, on Turkish territory. Some of the €6bn in funding promised to Turkey at the time has reportedly not been delivered.

Greece has also experienced an increase in migrant arrivals this year.

According to the ministry, more than 18,000 people arrived in the first eight months of the year, an increase of 106 per cent compared to 2022.

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