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EU-Turkey deal on refugees. Reuters

Brussels-The European Union and Turkey reached a deal on Nov. 29 designed to help stem the number of refugees entering Europe, especially after more than one million people were able to reach Europe’s shores in 2015.

Under the Statement, Turkey agreed to take back all those who don’t qualify for asylum in Europe, including those fleeing from Syrian war.

In a set of reports on the bloc’s migration policy, the European Commission said that the “sharp and continued decrease of people crossing irregularly or losing their lives in the Aegean” proves that the deal, struck in March between the EU and Turkey, is working.

However, part of the deal—under which one Syrian refugee would be resettled from Turkey into Europe in return for every Syrian who crossed illegally from Turkey to Greece and was sent back—seems to have made little progress.

On average, some 85 people arrived every day since June, in comparison to over 1,700 a day in the month before the deal and 7,000 a day in October 2015.

According to the commission, only 576 migrants had been sent back from Greece to Turkey, mostly non-Syrians, while 1,614 Syrian refugees had been resettled from Turkey to EU countries since March.