Refugees arriving in Greece in dinghy boat from Turkey. These Syrian, Afghanistan and African refugees land their boat near Mytilene Lesvos.
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Turkey Plays Migrant Card Again Amid Strained Tensions With European Countries
Turkish European Affairs Minister Ömer Çelik said on Monday that Turkey should reconsider part of its deal to keep migrants out of the European Union as tensions continue to escalate over a ban on Turkish ministers campaigning to expatriates in European countries for upcoming referendum in Turkey.
Speaking to the state-run Anadolu news agency, Çelik signaled that the Turkish government may take action against EU countries that banned Turkey’s ministers by threatening to loosen security measures on its borders with Europe and let thousands of migrants flow into the continent.
“I believe, especially the land passage component of the migrant deal with the European Union, should be reconsidered,” Çelik said.
A crisis erupted between Turkey and the Netherlands when The Hague canceled the flight clearance for Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s airplane on Saturday and expelled Minister of Family and Social Policy Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya from the country, both of whom were coming to hold campaign rallies to seek the support of Turkish expatriates for a referendum that will switch Turkey to an executive presidency.