EU and Turkey sign immigration deal

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Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström signed today (16 December) in Ankara a landmark agreement opening the way for lifting visa requirements for Turks travelling to the EU within three years.

Malmström also signed with the Turkish Minister of Interior Muammer Güler a EU-Turkey readmission agreement.

The agreement obliges Ankara to take back any irregular migrants from third countries that reached EU territory having transited from Turkish territory.  For many years Turkey has resisted concluding a readmission agreement with the EU.

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