Top EU officials in Turkey to save refugee pact

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Friday, October 4, 2019
Top EU officials in Turkey to save refugee pact

Author: | 4 October 2019

Top German and EU officials have pledged Turkey support to address refugees at a time when migrant arrivals to Greece are on the rise. German Interior Minister Seehofer said Turkey is facing massive refugee pressure.

Top German and EU officials traveled to Turkey on Thursday ahead of a trip to Greece for talks on how to manage the flow of migrants to Europe.

The high-level trip comes as a deal between the European Union and Ankara to reduce the number of migrants reaching Greece from Turkish soil appears to be in trouble, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatening to "open the gates" for migrants to head Europe, if his conditions are not met.

Greece is facing overfilled refugee camps on the Aegean Islands, where human rights groups have criticized the poor living conditions and warned of the coming winter.