European leaders to discuss crisis
October 15, 2015 5:07 am
European leaders are to discuss measures to ease the region’s migration crisis, with Turkey the focus of their efforts in Brussels.
Nearly 600,000 migrants have reached the EU by sea so far this year, most via Turkey, says the International Organisation for Migration.
Turkey is thought to be hosting some two million migrants, most of them fleeing the war in neighbouring Syria.
EU leaders are seeking closer co-operation with Turkey.
They are keen for the Turkish government to sign up to a joint action plan
In exchange, Turkey would undertake various measures including implementing asylum procedures and giving priority to the opening of the six refugee reception centres built with the EU co-funding.