European Commission to grant Turkey visa-free travel
May 3, Ankara: The European Commission is to grant Turkey conditional approval this Wednesday for visa-free travel within the EU's Schengen area, as a part of agreement to cope with migrant crisis.
The move is part of a deal in which Turkey has agreed to take back migrants who have crossed the Aegean to Greece. But Turkey must still meet EU criteria, media reports said.
The huge numbers of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe from Turkey, and from North Africa, has caused a political crisis among EU states.
Under the EU-Turkey agreement, migrants who have arrived illegally in Greece since 20 March are to be sent back to Turkey if they do not apply for asylum or if their claim is rejected.
For each Syrian migrant returned to Turkey, the EU is to take in another Syrian who has made a legitimate request.
Human rights groups question the deal's legality and argue that Turkey is not a safe place to return people to, BBC reported.
The Oslo Times