Merkel: EU ready to share Turkey's financial burden of hosting refugees

October 19, 2015 9:14 am 

ANKARA, Oct. 19 — Europe is ready to share Turkey's financial burden in regard to accepting refugees on its soil, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a state visit to Ankara on Sunday.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the German leader said Europe was ready to accept "only an organized and controlled flow of refugees."

"Turkey has assumed great responsibility for the reception of refugees. We know that Turkey has not received sufficient financial support from the EU. We are ready to share the burden with Turkey," Merkel said.

Brussels had pledged up to USD3.4 billion, simplified visa procedures and accelerated European Union ascension procedures to Turkey in exchange for cooperation in stemming the unprecedented migrant flow into Europe.

Some 710,000 people fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East have crossed the European Union’s external borders in the first nine months of this year, according to border agency Frontex. (PNA/Sputnik)

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