EU migrant deal in 5 questions: How would it actually work?

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European Union leaders outline a "one in, one out" proposal for dealing with the migrant crisis

As part of the plan, Turkey would receive billions of euros in funding from the EU

CNN  — 

Finally, a “breakthrough” in Europe’s migrant crisis. At least, that’s how German Chancellor Angela Merkel described a new proposal outlined in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday.

After 12 hours of talks between European Union leaders and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, a deal was drawn up – and you’d be forgiven if it takes a moment for it to fully sink in.

Under the “one in, one out” proposal: For every Syrian refugee returned to Turkey from Greece, a Syrian refugee in Turkey would be resettled in the EU.

In turn, the EU would lift its visa requirements for Turkish citizens by the end of June 2016.

It would also speed up the payment of 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) to Turkey to help it deal with the refugee crisis, with potentially billions more on the table. The country, which borders both Syria and Europe, is already host to 2.6 million migrants.

At this stage, it’s still just a proposal that will be considered at the next European Council migration crisis meeting on March 17-18.

But how would it actually work in practice? CNN Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson talks us through five key questions about the plan.