Europe-Turkey Deal to Stem Refugee Flow Criticized As ‘Inhumane’


The European Union and Turkey appear close to striking a deal to try to end the flow of migrants crossing to Greece. The proposal has been criticized by human rights group Amnesty as ‘inhumane’.

After talks in Brussels lasting late into Monday, EU Council President Donald Tusk declared “the days of irregular migration to Europe are over.”

“The irregular flow of migrants along the Western Balkan route has now come to an end. To facilitate this change we agreed to help Greece and to deploy massive humanitarian assistance,” he said.


In principle, all irregular migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey will be returned.

For each Syrian national who is sent back, Turkey wants Europe to accept an officially recognized Syrian refugee from its territory. Asylum applications by other nationalities would be dealt with case-by-case.

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