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The Turkish government in March 2020 encouraged Syrian and other migrants in the country to travel to Greece, breaking a March 2016 agreement under which Turkey blocked the exit of migrants in exchange for E6 billion in EU aid to improve conditions for Syrians and other migrants in Turkey. About half of the EU aid has been spent, and 27,000 Syrians in Turkey have been resettled in EU countries since March 2016.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan complained that the EU did not provide enough support for Turkey’s effort to prevent the Syrian government’s takeover of the rebel-held province of Idlib, where a million Syrians were displaced and are seeking to enter Turkey in February 2020.