EU - Turkey Statement: The Commission’s Contribution To The Leaders’ Agenda

EU - Turkey Statement: The Commission’s Contribution To The Leaders’ Agenda

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On 18 March 2016, EU Heads of State or Government and Turkey agreed on the EU-Turkey Statement to end irregular migration flows from Turkey to the EU, ensure improved reception conditions for refugees in Turkey and open up organised, safe and legal channels to Europe for Syrian refugees. Since then, irregular arrivals have dropped by 97%, while the number of lives lost at sea has decreased substantially. The EU has supported Turkey in its efforts to host refugees and is well on track to contract the €3 billion from its Facility for Refugees in Turkey by the end of 2017. Successful implementation requires continuous efforts and commitment from both the EU and Turkey.