The European Union and Turkey reached a deal on Nov. 29 designed to help stem the number of refugees entering Europe. The European Union will provide Turkey with $3 billion in aid, while taking steps toward lifting visa requirements for Turkish citizens and opening new chapters in Turkey’s accession talks with the EU. Turkey will in return cooperate with the EU on preventing travel to Europe of migrants deemed not in need of international protection in their country of origin, while improving conditions for Syrian refugees in Turkey. The plan was created to bring “order” to migratory flows but fails to address some of the key underlying factors driving this migration.
For Turkey, the agreement brings much-needed financial assistance to help with expenditures related to refugees, while signaling to Russia that the country is strengthening its cooperation with the EU. However, while today’s agreement may reduce somewhat the number of refugees crossing from Turkey into the Euro