Visa-free regime with Turkey may attract criminals or terrorists – European Commission report
The proposed visa-free arrangement with Turkey being considered by the EU could result in terrorists and criminals traveling to Europe along with Turkish citizens, warns a report from the European Commission.
“It can be expected that, as soon as Turkish citizens will obtain visa-free entry to the EU, foreign nationals will start trying to obtain Turkish passports in order to pretend to be Turkish citizens and enter the EU visa free, or use the identities of Turkish citizens, or to obtain by fraud the Turkish citizenship,” the report says, as cited on Tuesday by the Telegraph, which saw the document.
The EC report stressed that “this possibility may attract not only irregular migrants, but also criminals or terrorists.”
On May 4, the European Commission expressed support for a visa-free travel deal with Turkey, which is to be part of a landmark migrant agreement with Ankara.
Under the proposed deal, some 75 million Turkish citizens will be able to enter the EU visa-free for a period of up to 90 days beginning the end of June if they have biometric passports. The Turkish authorities are also required to adopt crucial measures to curb corruption and crack down on supporters of terrorism at home as part of the conditions.
Brussels desperately needs the deal to succeed in order to stem an influx of hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers in the worst European refugee crisis since WWII.However, the EC report now warns that implementing the agreement could lead to “increased mobility into the Schengen area of criminals and terrorists who are citizens of Turkey, or who are foreigners based in Turkey.”