Pakistanis desperate to escape poverty and crime leave everything behind after paying thousands of dollars to migrant smugglers in a bid to reach the EU. But with greater border controls, Turkey ends up as their temporary home.
Over a year has passed since the refugee deal came into effect. But is it causing a rift between Turkey and Greece?
European Commission president says refugee crisis is at ‘turning point' as deal with Turkey starts showing effects
Turkish President Erdogan lambastes European leaders for demanding Turkey to change its counter-terrorism law as a condition for visa liberalisation.
Turkey and Bulgaria put into effect a refugee readmission protocol to bring refugee flow under control between the two countries and help implement the recent EU-Turkey refugee deal.
Turkish administration begins process of abolishing visa requirements for all European Union citizens including Greek Cypriots, indicating that changes will be effective soon if EU agrees to visa-free travel for Turkish citizens.
Turkey's minister for EU affairs says the criteria for visa-free travel for Turkish citizens throughout the Schengen Zone will be met by Monday.
Turkey has long sought "safe zones" in northern Syria for displaced refugees, but the US-led coalition against DAESH has not clarified its stance on Ankara's plan. Now, it seems Germany is ready to join Turkey in establishing "safe zone(s)".
European Council head Donald Tusk heaped high praise on Turkey for its reception of Syrian refugees as he said country served as 'best example' in world on caring for those fleeing war
Turkish prime minister says to Europe's top human rights organisation that EU human rights agreements will be main reference of country's new constitution
Greek government informs Ankara that Athens will delay sending of next group of refugees to Turkey until Friday, in line with recent refugee deal between Turkey and EU
Turkish prime minister says lower number of refugees reaching Greece demonstrates EU-Turkey refugee deal works well
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