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EU unveils multi-million aid plan to help ease migrant crisis

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By Euronews  with Reuters & AFP
EU unveils multi-million aid plan to help ease migrant crisis

<p>The European Union has agreed a 3-billion euro aid deal with Turkey to help it shelter refugees, mainly from Syria, in return for preventing their travelling on to Europe.</p> <p>The move is being widely seen as a response to the crisis as winter weather takes hold.</p> <p>Tarek, a Syrian migrant from Aleppo said help is needed urgently: “There is not enough tents, because this is very small, two persons, three persons inside, you see old people outside they sleep and wet. It’s too cold.” </p> <p>The <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-16-483_en.htm">European Commission has also proposed spending an extra 700-million euros over three years to help countries like Greece</a>, struggling to cope with the <a href="http://data.unhcr.org/mediterranean/country.php?id=83">influx of thousands of migrants.</a> </p> <p>New temporary border controls in order to stem the flow of people has led to a rapid build up of migrants at the border with Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. </p> <p>With tens of thousands now trapped, the <a href="http://www.unhcr.org/56d564ed6.html">United Nations has warned of a humanitarian disaster.</a> </p> <p>EU leaders are planning talks with Turkey next week and their own migration summit on March 18.</p>