A child holds up a sign as migrants stage a protest in a stadium as they wait to walkdown a highway towards Turkey’s western border with Greece and Bulgaria, in Edirne, Turkey, Sept. 21, 2015. (AP/Emrah Gurel)
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Turkey plans to offer Syrian refugees work permits in order to encourage fewer of them to migrate, Volkan Bozkir, Turkey's minister for European Affairs, said on Monday, amid EU pressure to reduce the flow of migrants.Turkish authorities detained more than 150,000 illegal migrants in 2015, about 500 migrants daily, Bozkir also said.More than 2.2 million Syrians have sought refuge in Turkey from the civil war, now in its sixth year.Turkey, which aspires to join the EU, struck a deal with the EU in November to prevent migrants from travelling to Europe in return for 3 billion euro ($3.3 billion) in cash, a deal on visas and renewed talks on joining the 28-nation bloc.
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