UNHCR's Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Refugee Crisis in Europe Vincent Cochetel attends a news briefing at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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EU and Turkish leaders Tuesday sought to turn into a lasting accord a plan on easing Europe's migrant crisis hailed as a game-changer by Ankara and Brussels but swiftly criticized by the U.N.'s refugee chief.The EU is wooing Turkey -- used by over one million migrants in the last year as a springboard for reaching the bloc -- as the key player in helping ease Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War II.In return, the EU would then resettle one Syrian living in Turkey on its territory for every Syrian migrant it takes back from Greece.For Turkey, perhaps the biggest gain was the EU's agreement to bring forward to June visa-free travel to the EU's Schengen passport-free area for Turkey's 75 million people, provided that Ankara honors its promises.Davutoglu further pushed for the opening of five more "chapters" in Turkey's long-drawn out EU accession process -- so far it has only completed one out of more than 30 .
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