Syrian refugees may be resettled into Europe

European Union, Turkish leaders may announce resettlement of Syrian refugees from Turkey to EU, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

European and Turkish leaders may announce the details about an agreement to resettle nearly half a million Syrian refugees from Turkey to the EU, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Wednesday.

Orban has argued with EU leaders for years on economic policy, political freedoms and recently the refugee crisis. With regards to the refugee crisis, the Hungarian leader built steel fences along the country's southern border to keep out refugees.

Orban said in Budapest, that he expected intense pressure from Europe to accept a section of the half a million refugees, something he said Budapest could not do.

"The issue (of resettlement) will be a hot potato in the coming period because even though this could be kept in a semi-secret state... someone somewhere - I think in Berlin this week - will announce that 4-500,000 Syrian refugees could be brought straight from Turkey to the EU," Orban said.

"They will portend that once the agreement is made by certain parties - and to avoid diplomatic complications I will not tell you which country Berlin is in - we should not only bring these people to Europe but divide them amongst ourselves, as an obligation."

"It will not be an easy one because obviously we cannot accept it like this." 


Last Sunday, Turkey and the European Union (EU) reached a deal over providing aid to Syrian refugees in a summit that brought together EU leaders and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Brussels.

EU confirmed that the 28-nation bloc will provide 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) for Syrian refugees in Turkey that hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees with almost 2.2 million refugees.

Thousands of refugees have been marching towards western European countries, following a route through Greece-Macedonia-Serbia-Hungary-Austria, forcing the EU to face its worst refugee crisis in decades. However, on that route most preferred transit points for refugees trying to enter Europe, in neighbouring Turkey.

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