Newspaper report: Estonia to accept 183 Syrians from Turkey (29)
The agreement reached between the EU and Turkey which went into effect on Sunday requires Turkey to take back all migrants reaching Greece by sea who did not apply for asylum in Greece or whose applications for asylum were rejected.
In return, the EU agreed to relocate one Syrian migrant in Turkey for every Syrian returned to Turkey from Greece, giving preference to “migrants who have not previously illegally entered the EU”, reported Estonian weeky newspaper “Eesti Ekspress” (link in Estonian). According to the paper, the total number of Syrians currently in Turkey to be relocated by the EU is 72,000.
Klen Jäärats, director of EU affairs in the Estonian State Chancellery, stated that Estonia is obligated to accept 183 migrants. Estonia plans to sign the corresponding agreement with the UN Refugee Agency on March 30.
The EU-Turkey agreement included one additional bonus for Turkey: if the latter country is able to successfully prevent migrants from crossing the sea in order to reach Greece and thus significantly stem the tide of migrants reaching the EU, the latter will launch an additional refugee relocation program. Participation in the latter is voluntary for all EU member states, however.
Estonia has agreed to accept a total of 550 war refugees.