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EU to help Turkey face up to illegal migration

The European Commission will financially assist Turkey to stop a growing flow of illegal immigration crossing into the bloc through its territory, the EU's top justice official said Tuesday. "We will do everything possible to convince Turkey to combat illegal immigration networks and this includes financial assistance," EU Justice Commissioner Jacques Barrot told reporters during a visit to Athens. "We cannot accept Turkey closing its eyes to people-smugglers who exploit would-be migrants and extort large sums of money from them," Barrot said.

ATHENS – Agence France-Presse