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Estonian PM doesn't rule out taking refugees direct from Turkey
May 24, 2016 / 8:24 PM / 2 years ago

Estonian PM doesn't rule out taking refugees direct from Turkey

GRANSEE, Germany (Reuters) - Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Tuesday he would not exclude the possibility of his country taking in refugees directly from Turkey or other countries.

People who were sent out during a police operation to evacuate a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, stand in front of a camp in the village of Oreokastro, Greece, May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Roivas said his country had agreed to take refugees from Greece and Italy and this was “ongoing work”.

“But I would definitely not rule out (taking them from) Turkey or any other country as well so we are willing to do that, of course,” he told Reuters during a visit to Germany, where he took part in a meeting of Germany’s cabinet at Meseberg palace 60 km (37 miles) north of Berlin.

More than a million migrants arrived in Europe last year.

In an effort to stem arrivals, the European Union and Ankara signed a deal in March under which, for every Syrian refugee returned to Turkey, another would be resettled from Turkey to the EU.

In the longer run, once EU states were satisfied Turkey had stopped the flow, the EU would admit more refugees directly from Turkey, though that would be voluntary.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Michelle Martin; editing by John Stonestreet

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