EU to ‘step up’ resettlement for refugees from Turkey

Refugees and migrants arrive on a overcrowded dinghy on a beach full of abandoned dinghies and lifejackets, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast. (Reuters)

The EU said Tuesday it would step up resettling refugees now in Turkey and help reinforce Turkish coastguard patrols under a crisis plan agreed during talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ankara will meanwhile put “priority” on setting up six new partially EU-funded reception centers for refugees under the plan published by the European Commission following Erdogan’s visit to Brussels on Monday.

“Work on a structured EU-wide approach to resettlement shall be stepped up,” the commission said.


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