EU leaders agree on migrant deal with Turkey

President of the European Council Donald Tusk has confirmed all EU leaders have reached an agreement with Turkey's prime minister to curb the migration crisis.

The new arrangements could come into force as soon as Sunday after a revised deal was reached between Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu and European Council president Donald Tusk in Brussels.

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Tusk warns migrant deal no silver bullet as EU celebrates

The EU will significantly toughen its borders against migrants trying to get to Europe under a new deal agreed by leaders today.

Thousands of people arriving by boat the Greek islands will be sent back to Turkey from Sunday.

Video report by ITV News deputy political editor Chris Ship.

Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, hailed the deal after complex negotiations, but warned it was no "silver bullet".

"The reality is more complex," he added.

1,734 migrants and 16 smugglers detained on Turkish coast

The migrants and smugglers were detained in an operation near the town of Dikili on Turkey's Aegean coast Credit: Google Maps

More than 1,700 migrants and a number of smugglers have been detained near Turkey's Aegean coast.

Some 1,734 migrants and 16 smugglers were detained in the operation launched near the town of Dikili, in Izmir province on Turkey's Aegean coast.

The operation, aimed at stopping refugees reaching the Greek island of Lesbos, involved the coastguard, navy and police and was backed by air support, the military said in a statement

It comes as Turkey secured a deal with EU leaders aimed at discouraging migrants from travelling from Turkey to Greece.


Turkey hails migrant deal with EU as 'historic day'

Turkey has hailed an agreement with Europe to help ease the migrant crisis as a "historic day."

Under the Brussels deal, refugees and migrants making the dangerous crossing from Turkey to Greece after Sunday will be returned and placed in a camp. It effectively closes Europe's border.

In return, the EU will take in thousands of Syrian refugees directly from Turkey and reward it with more money, early visa-free travel and faster progress in EU membership talks.

Migrants who arrive in Greece from Sunday will be subject to being sent back once they have been registered and their individual asylum claim processed.

The returns are to begin on April 4, as would resettlement of Syrian refugees in Europe

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Turkey 'must give fair review to those needing protection'

Greece's capacity to receive people and assess asylum claims must be strengthened for the deal between the EU and Turkey to work, the United Nations has said.

Refugees aboard a dinghy sail for the Greek island of Chios Credit: Reuters

It also said Turkey must give a fair and timely review to those needing protection.

In a statement, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said applicants in Greece should have "the right to appeal before any readmission to Turkey".

Reception and other arrangements need to be readied in Turkey before anyone is returned from Greece.

People determined to be needing international protection need to be able to enjoy asylum, without discrimination, in accordance with accepted international standards.

How this plan is to be implemented is thus going to be crucial. Ultimately, the response must be about addressing the compelling needs of individuals fleeing war and persecution.


Merkel cautiously welcomes EU deal struck with Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Credit: Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said an EU-Turkey deal to halt illegal migration to Europe was bound to run into setbacks and faced big legal challenges but nevertheless had an "irreversible momentum".

Merkel voiced satisfaction but also caution at a news conference after the deal was agreed.

She said: "I have no illusions that what we agreed today will be accompanied by further setbacks. There are big legal challenges that we must now overcome.

"But I think we've reached an agreement that has an irreversible momentum and it was very important for me that we managed to agree all that among the 28 today."

Schulz welcomes EU migrant agreement with Turkey

President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz has welcomed the EU deal with Turkey aimed at easing the migrant crisis.

He called for all parties to implement measures agreed under the deal "swiftly" and to fully respect all conditions agreed.


Turkish PM: This is a historic day

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu Credit: RTV

"This is a historic day," Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said after a EU deal with Turkey aimed at easing the migration crisis.

Under the terms of the agreement, Greece is to start returning migrants arriving by boat from Turkey from Sunday.

Tusk: Migrants to be turned away from Greece from Sunday

All migrants arriving in Greece from Sunday will be returned to Turkey, Donald Tusk has said.

Speaking at a press conference, he said the deal will be implemented "gradually" based on a 1-for-1 principle.

Cameron: Deal could significantly reduce migrant numbers

David Cameron Credit: Reuters

David Cameron has welcomed an EU deal with Turkey, which he said could "significantly" reduce numbers of migrants crossing the eastern Mediterranean to enter Greece by boat.

The Prime Minister said the arrangement was "a plan to break the link between getting on a boat and getting settlement in Europe.... a plan to bust the business model of the smugglers".

He added: "For the first time in this crisis, I believe we have a plan that, properly and fully implemented, could make a difference."

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