Es­to­nia plans ac­cept­ing from Turkey 160 Syr­ian refugees

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Es­to­nian po­lice are look­ing into the doc­u­ments on 160 refugees from Syria that are to be moved to Es­to­nia in line with an agree­ment reached be­tween the EU and Turkey.

Es­to­nian pub­lic broad­caster BBC re­ports that the cases cur­rently be­ing pro­cessed are part of the EU’s 2016 ar­range­ment with Turkey, which for Es­to­nia means re­lo­cat­ing up to 160 Syr­ian refugees, which are part of Es­to­nia’s to­tal re­set­tle­ment quota of 550. By late June this year, Es­to­nia ac­cepted 156 per­sons in need of pro­tec­tion; the peo­ple come from the wartorn coun­tries of Syria, Iraq and Ye­men.

In 2016, the EU and Turkey made the agree­ment that il­le­gal mi­grants into the EU ar­riv­ing in Greece from Turkey would be re­turned; how­ever, for ev­ery Syr­ian re­turned to Turkey the EU would re­set­tle a Syr­ian refugee from Turkey to a mem­ber state.

REUTERS/SCANPIX

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