EU report finds Turkey refugee deal inefficient

Only a slight reduction of refugee flow can be witnessed if compared to November, the report says

EU report finds Turkey refugee deal inefficient

World Bulletin / News Desk

The much touted EU-Turkey cooperation deal has done little to slow the number of refugees entering Europe since it was clinched in November, an EU report revealed Thursday.

Around 4,000 people have been arriving daily this month in Greece from Turkey, the main gateway for refugees, according to a report from Luxembourg, which currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency.

"This is a slight reduction if compared to the high numbers of November (5,000-6,000 per day). This decrease may, however, also be attributed to other factors," said the report.

The report also highlighted that only two out of 11 so-called hotspots for the processing of refugees were operational, while only around 200 refugees from Greece and Italy had been relocated to other countries out of 160,000 planned by the EU.

Nearly one million refugees and refugees, most from the Syrian war, have arrived in Europe this year, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Germany, the top destination for refugees, said earlier this month that the numbers of asylum-seekers reaching its territory had declined due to harsher weather in the Mediterranean.

Germany and several other nations are meeting with the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu before a full EU summit to discuss the cooperation deal struck November 29.

Under the EU-Turkey deal, EU leaders pledged three billion euros ($3.2 billion) in aid to help improve the conditions of the at least 2.2 million refugees currently on Turkish soil from the Syrian war.

In exchange, Turkey agreed to try to limit numbers travelling to Europe and tackle human smugglers who profit from their desperate journeys.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Aralık 2015, 14:39