Europe must share refugee burden with Turkey - UNHCR chief

By REUTERS
March 7, 2016 23:45

 
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The United Nations refugee chief called on Monday for European countries to help Turkey by taking in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees as EU leaders in Brussels said they needed more time to consider a Turkish proposal on the migrant crisis.

Turkey offered the European Union greater help at a summit on Monday to stem a flood of migrants into Europe but raised the stakes by demanding more money, accelerated membership talks and faster visa-free travel for its citizens in return.

"In the joint action plan, the most important thing is to help Turkey bear the burden, responsibility by taking people ... not in the thousands or tens of thousands but in the hundreds of thousands," Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said.

The European Union had failed to implement a series of "fairly good decisions" taken in 2015, including an agreement to relocate refugees from Greece and Italy to other EU states.

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