Sunday, 29/3/2020 | 12:18 UTC+0
Libyan Newswire

Written question – Diversion of migrants due to the EU's agreement on refugees with Turkey – E-006524/2016

On 29 November 2015, the EU and Turkey concluded an agreement on dealing with refugees. In exchange for EUR 3 bn — later increased to 6 bn — Turkey was to help reduce the movement of refugees towards Europe’s coasts.

It was the intention that in this way, in combination with measures taken by certain EU Member States themselves, the Balkan route would be closed and the pressure on the Greek islands would be reduced.

In practice, however, the flow of migrants was diverted back onto Mediterranean Sea routes, via Libya and other countries, although this was initially denied.

• Can the Commission indicate whether or not the Turkey deal has had an impact on other, and previous, crossing routes? Is there a transference effect?