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EU-Turkey Statement

The EU-Turkey Statement, which followed the Joint Action Plan, was agreed between the European Council and Turkey on 18 March 2016. The Statement is aimed at preventing deaths at sea, breaking the business model of the smugglers and offering these in need of protection alternative safe legal pathways to the EU. In order to support more than 3 million refugees in Turkey and their host communities, the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey has been set up. The Facility aims at ensuring that the needs of refugees and host communities in Turkey are addressed in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.