Tsipras: Refugee flows can only be stemmed through Turkey

13 November 2015
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday that the only effective way to stem refugee flows was through Turkey.

Tsipras, attending an informal EU summit in Malta, said he would be discussing the matter with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglou next week.

“It is obvious that the only real chance of stopping these flows, these huge flows that no country can manage – let alone Greece which is in crisis … is reaching an understanding with Turkey,” Tsipras said.

More than 600,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Greece from Turkey this year, risking their lives in the short but dangerous sea crossing between the two countries on inflatable rafts. Hundreds have drowned.

Tsipras said financial aid could be offered to Turkey to undertake the registration and processing of migrants there, instead of in Greece.

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