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EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

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PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 18, 2016) — EU leaders approved a controversial deal with Turkey to curb the huge flow of asylum seekers to Europe, with all migrants arriving in Greece from Sunday to be sent back.

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EU ministers meet after Balkan migrant route shut

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Refugees share a cigarette in front of a fire, during a rainy day, as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border at a refugee camp, near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece, March 9, 2016. Yannis Kolesidis/EPA
The scheduled two-day meeting will tackle various areas including a proposed deal with Turkey and the restoration of the visa-free Schengen zone

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 10, 2016) — EU interior ministers were set to meet in Brussels Thursday, March 10, to discuss the migrant crisis after western Balkan nations slammed shut their borders, exacerbating a dire humanitarian situation on the Macedonian frontier.

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EU leaders ‘to declare Balkan migrant route closed at summit’

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In this file photo, a Syrian migrant reacts after members of Turkish Coastal Guard ship UMUT captured them on a boat as they attempted to reach Greek Island Chios at the Agean Sea in Cesme district near Izmir, coastal city of Turkey, December 10, 2015. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA
The European Union’s 28 leaders are pinning much of their hopes for reducing the chaos on new commitments from Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 7, 2016) — European Union leaders on Monday, MArch 7, will back closing down the Balkans route used by most migrants to reach Europe, diplomats said, as at least 25 more people drowned trying to cross the Aegean Sea en route to Greece.

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EU, Turkey to hold special migration summit in March

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SPECIAL MEETING. European Council President Donald Tusk gives a press conference at the end of the first day of a two-day EU summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 19, 2016. Photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA
EU officials say thousands of migrants are still crossing the Aegean daily from Turkey after more than one million made the perilous journey last year in the greatest such movement in the bloc’s history

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Feb. 19, 2016) — The EU and Turkey will hold a special summit in early March to push forward a deal to stem the migration crisis, European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday, February 19.

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