EU and Turk action to stop migrants is praised by Evans

'This agreement will help to stem the flow' - Nigel Evans

'This agreement will help to stem the flow' - Nigel Evans

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Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed a European action plan with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants to Europe.

Nearly 600,000 migrants have reached the EU this year alone mainly by sea, most of them travelling from Turkey.

Turkey will receive around three billion euros in EU aid, and fast-track access to visas, in return for clamping down on the flow of migrants to Europe.

Mr Evans said this week: “This migration crisis is the largest since the Second World War, with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees recently stating that 59.5 million people had been forcibly displaced from their homes during 2014, a figure set to rise considerably in 2015.

“I firmly believe that Britain will continue to play its part in helping alleviate the suffering of refugees. We are the second largest aid donor to Syria and will provide refuge to 20,000 refugees over the next five years.

“However, criminal gangs cannot profit from the trafficking of desperate people and formal structures must be adhered to.

“This agreement will help to stem the flow of migrants into the EU reducing the number of migrants making dangerous journeys into the EU while allowing them quicker access to visas and aid in Turkey.”