Muller calls on EU to keep promise on refugee help to Turkey

German Development Minister Gerd Muller calls on European Union to keep its promise over deal with Turkey to provide financial help for refugees

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Germany's Development Minister - Gerd Muller

German Development Minister Gerd Muller called on European Union (EU) to keep its promise to give a 3 billion euro aid for refugees in Turkey.

Speaking in an interview with Bild am Sonntag newspaper, Muller said Turkey did a great work to host refugees so far however it also reached its capacity and has not yet received the necessary financial aid which was promised by Europe.

Muller also said that only ten per cent of the refugees heading to Europe have arrived and around ten million people are still on the way.

“Germany cannot continue to take refugees at the rate it did in this year,” he said.

Turkey hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees with almost 2.5 million refugees and has spent around 8 billion euros ($8.73 billion) on providing for the refugee population since 2011.

Turkey and the EU formerly reached a deal over aiding to Syrian refugees and acceleration of Turkey’s accession talks to the union in a summit in Brussels in November.

EU confirmed that the 28-nation bloc will provide 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) for Syrian refugees in Turkey which in return will expand patrols across the Aegean Sea to prevent refugees from entering to Europe.

The two sides also agreed to open the 17th chapter of Turkey's EU accession process on the economic and monetary policy in December.

TRTWorld and agencies