Tyrkia og EU undertegnet mandag en avtale som tillater EU å returnere asylsøkere som har tatt seg ulovlig inn i EU. Samtidig skal det forhandles om visumfrihet for tyrkere til EU.


Turkey and the European Union signed an agreement on Monday allowing EU governments to send back illegal immigrants crossing into Europe from Turkey in a move highlighting a thaw in relations between Ankara and the 28-member bloc.

At a ceremony in Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom also signed an accord to enter into discussions on dropping visa requirements for Turks visiting Europe.

Turkey, a candidate for EU membership, lies on a major route for illegal migration into Europe from Africa and the Middle East. (reuters)