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Merkel seeks to ease tensions with Turkey over migrants

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 01:34

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting a migrants camp in Turkey as she seeks to ease tensions with the country over the migration crisis, but not everyone is pleased with her visit. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Under heavy security, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Union President Donald Tusk are welcomed in southeast Turkey. The trip there to the town of Nizip comes as Merkel seeks to ease tensions with Turkey over the deal to tackle the migrant crisis. Merkel is facing pressure and questions over the deal's effectiveness, long-term viability and legality. The deal initially slowed the number of new arrivals to Greece sharply, but officials say boats are returning to the seas, carrying some 150 people a day. Many of those people come from camps like this one. Turkey's role in the deal requires them to stop migrants from attempting the sea crossing, but with EU aid money slow-going, Turkey could back out. Across the Aegean Sea, at the makeshift camp in Idomeni, Greece, where more than 10,000 migrants and refugees live, news of Merkel's visit stings. Many say they're disappointed that she would visit Turkey while they remain stranded. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) HASAN, MIGRANT FROM DAMASCUS, SYRIA, SAYING: "People here are in bad shape. Their situation is worse than in Turkey. I personally hope they will come here and solve our situation before solving the issues in Turkey. We've been living here for two months in vain." Greek authorities have asked these migrants to move to transit centers, promising better conditions, but most remain here, fearing deportation back to Turkey.

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Merkel seeks to ease tensions with Turkey over migrants

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 01:34