EU approves emergency mechanism to suspend visa-free travel for Turks

(VOVworld) – EU ministers adopted an emergency mechanism on Friday that will allow EU nations to swiftly suspend visa-free access to Europe for Turkish citizens and other foreign nationals if key conditions are violated.

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A Belarusian border guard checks a tourist's passport at a border crossing with Poland, near the village of Pererov, southwest of Minsk on March 31, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

The mechanism will permit EU member nations to halt visa-free travel if large numbers of Turks stay in the EU illegally or if there are a large number of asylum applications by Turks. Dutch Migration Minister Klaas Dijkhoff said that the new mechanism will help the EU deal with the abuse of migration agreement. Dijkhoff said if it is passed by the European Parliament, the new mechanism will not only allow halting visa-free for citizens from third countries like Turkey, but also other countries having similar agreements with the EU.

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