127 MILLION people with visa-free travel heading to Britain – EU plans for Turkey and Ukraine

Under the proposals expected to be passed by the European Commission, tourists from the countries will be able to move freely within the 26-member Schengen zone for up to three months. 

Turkey, which has a population of 75million, is set to receive visa-free travel for its habitants as part of a controversial deal with the EU to help curb the flow of migrants arriving in Europe.

Under the agreement, all “irregular migrants” arriving in Greece face being sent back to Turkey. For every migrant returned, another Syrian refugee will be resettled from Turkey to the EU, with numbers capped at 72,000.Turkey has not fully complied with an agreement to pass more than 70 pieces of legislation to qualify for the waiver scheme, which mainly relate to human rights and media freedom.

Ankara has so far met fewer than half of the so-called benchmarks.

But the European Commission is expected to endorse the plan on Wednesday to approve visa-free travel to Europe for Turkey, Kosovo, Georgia and Ukraine.

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