Belgium: Merkel reaches bilateral migrant agreements with Spain and Greece

Spain and Greece agreed to take back migrants stopped at the German-Austrian border who are proven to have entered their countries first, German Chancellor Angela Merkel revealed at a press conference in Brussels on Friday. «Greece and Spain are ready to immediately take back those refugees who have already had their fingerprints taken in Greece or Spain,» Merkel said in a statement. In return... Еще, Germany agreed to support both countries in migration issues, including facilitating family reunification for migrants who have relatives in Germany. German leader also confirmed the EU plans to establish disembarkation platforms outside the European Union, noting that it would only happen «in accordance with the affected third states, only together with UNHCR (UN's refugee agency), and only together in cooperation with IOM.» Merkel held the press conference on the sidelines of European Council summit taking place in Belgium's capital between June 28 and 29. Leaders from 28 EU member states are discussing migration as well as economic and financial reforms.

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