The whole deal making efforts by both sides will only end up costing Europe more and more in wealth, services and human lives.
What I find very typical, is that both AI and the UN refuses to acknowledge the overwhelming fraud of these economic setters.
Turkey refugee deal ‘is ILLEGAL’: Human rights groups warn that collective expulsion of foreigners is banned under international law
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (left) shakes hands with European council President Donald Tusk after the EU summit in Brussels where Ankara tabled a ‘one-for-one’ plan to take back one illegal migrant for every genuine refugee that is resettled in Europe from Turkey
- Talks broke up in Brussels, but EU confident deal will be struck next week
- Ankara has tabled plan to take back one illegal Syrian migrant for every genuine Syrian refugee that is resettled in Europe from Turkish camps
- Turkey accused of holding Europe to ransom after demanding €6billion in aid – double the previous figure – to help its 2.9million refugees
- Ankara also wants visa-free travel for Turks by June and faster talks on Turkey becoming a full member of the EU
- Critics says visa deal will encourage even more economic migrants to EU
- Human rights groups claim the deal could be illegal because collective expulsion of foreigners is banned under international law
- For more on the EU refugee crisis visit www.dailymail.co.uk/refugeecrisis
An EU deal with Turkey to stem the migrant crisis was last night in chaos as the UN warned it could be illegal.
European leaders hope to finalise the plan next week for Turkey to take back those crossing the Aegean Sea, in return for giving Ankara more than £4billion in aid – including £500million from Britain.
Turkey is also demanding that its citizens – nearly 80million – are allowed to travel to continental Europe without visas.
But at the heart of the deal is a controversial refugee exchange programme that would see the EU admit one refugee directly from Turkey for each Syrian it took back from the Greek islands.
All migrants intercepted as they head to Greece on boats will be returned to Turkey. They will not be part of any exchange deal.
However, even senior EU officials have admitted there are doubts about the legality of the proposals and there are fears that the forcible return of people who have paid thousands to smugglers to come to Europe could lead to violence.
Turkey is home to some 2.7million Syrian refugees and Filippo Grandi, the UN’s high commissioner for refugees, told the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday he is ‘deeply concerned about any arrangement that would involve the blanket return of anyone from one country to another without spelling out the refugee protection safeguards’.