EU says deal with Turkey led to drop in flow of migrants

BRUSSELS, May 20 (KUNA) — EU Commissioner for migration and home affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos stressed Friday that the successful implementation of the EU-Turkey statement is an “absolute priority” to stop the flow of migrants to Europe.
“The results of this are clear as the number of arrivals to the Greek islands continues to decrease. In addition, returns to Turkey have increased,” he told a press conference after an extraordinary meeting of EU interior ministers.
The ministers also discussed the European Commission’s proposal for VISA liberalisation for the people of Turkey, Georgia, Kosovo and Ukraine.
“As in all VISA liberalisation cases, Turkey must fulfil all the conditions that has been set,” he said noting that yesterday Turkey approved a law on readmission for people residing in the EU illegally.
The law was one of 72 EU requirement to lift short-term visas for visiting Turkish nationals to passport-free Schengen zone.
“This clearly shows that Turkey like the EU is sticking to its commitments under the EU-Turkey statement of 18th March,” he added. (end) nk.mt

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