Turkey and EU representatives have struck a deal that aims to control the flow of migrants coming into Europe through Turkey.
An Eu-Turkey summit took place in Brussels on Sunday with leaders willing to conclude a deal to restrain the number of incoming migrants into Europe.
Turkey will receive a €3m check for clamping down on its borders and keeping refugees from coming into the country within its borders. Talks on political concessions including Turkey’s eventual entry to the European Union were also revived.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said it was a “historic day” in Turkey’s relations with the EU. Turkey, so far has not succeeded in meeting the political, economical and social criteria since its first EU membership request in 1987.
Under the deal, Turkish citizens may be able to travel without visas in Europe’s Schengen zone by October 2016.
Schengen allows free movement between many European countries even though recent terrorist threats throughout Europe have put back into question Schengen’s free trade policy.
However, the rules will be relaxed only if Turkey meets certain conditions.
More than 720,000 migrants have come to Europe on Greek shores so far this year, the International Organization for Migration says, with majority arriving from Turkey.
Many are fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and have lived in makeshift camps in Turkey before their journey.