Turkey reaches deal with EU on migrant crisis, including €3bn in aid

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In return for a deal including €3bn in aid, Turkey has agreed to help stem the flow of migrants (Source: Getty)

Turkish premier Ahmet Davutoglu has today reached a deal with European Union (EU) leaders on stemming the flow of migrants.

According to Reuters, the agreement includes €3bn (£2.1bn) of aid to help support the 2.2m Syrian refugees in Turkey. The deal also includes the renewal of talks about Turkey's entry into the EU and the possibility of visa-free travel within Europe's Schengen zone, which comprises of 26 European countries but does not include the UK.

Davutoglu told reporters: “Today is a historic day in our accession process to the EU.”

In return, Turkey will help with the flow of migrants through the EU, which will include the use of naval patrols and border checks.

Apparently the agreement was not easily reached, with Reuters reporting the 28 EU leaders struggled through Saturday to reach today's deal.

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