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Spanish Politician Urges EU to Reconsider Refugee Deal With Turkey

© AFP 2023 / STRINGER Migrants and refugees walk to cross Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, in northern Greece on October 14, 2015
Migrants and refugees walk to cross Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, in northern Greece on October 14, 2015 - Sputnik International
The coordinator of the International Affairs Committee of Spain's Citizens party told Sputnik that Brussels should review its migrant deal with Ankara and reach "a viable political consensus."

MADRID (Sputnik) — The European Union should reconsider the deal on migrant exchange reached by Brussels and Ankara, the coordinator of the International Affairs Committee of Spain's Citizens party told Sputnik Wednesday.

"The agreement with Turkey should be reconsidered and a viable political consensus should be reached," Francisco Andres Perez said.

He added that the Spanish government could "make more" in the issue of refugee adoption, as Madrid had shown the absence of political will and had failed to take in the number of refugees, required by the European quota system.

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Europe has been beset by a refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their crisis-torn countries of origin in the Middle East and Africa, trying to escape violence and poverty. Many of them come to Europe across the Aegean Sea from Turkey.

In mid-March, Brussels and Ankara agreed on a deal, under which Turkey pledged to take back all undocumented migrants who arrive in the European Union through its territory in exchange for Syrian refugees accommodated in Turkey, on a one-for-one basis. In return, the 28-nation bloc pledged to accelerate the Turkish EU accession bid and introduce a visa-free regime between Turkey and the bloc.

In September 2015, the European Commission announced a quota scheme, providing for the resettlement of 160,000 refugees currently located in Greece, Italy and Hungary, throughout other European member states over the next two years. Within the framework of the scheme, Spain is expected to accept some 18,000 refugees, but has already taken in some 130 people.

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