Amnesty International Tells EU To Stop Deporting Migrants

Amnesty International
ISTANBUL (AP) — Amnesty International on Friday urged the European Union to stop plans to return asylum-seekers to Turkey. The rights group issued a 35-page briefing saying the EU-Turkey deal to curb irregular migration was “illegal” and “reckless.” Turkey is hosting 3 million refugees, including 2.75 million Syrians, and is expected to receive more as part of the deal with the EU. The agreement called for irregular migrants who arrived to the Greek islands from Turkey after March 20 to be sent back to Turkey. The EU, in turn, is to resettle one Syrian refugee from Turkey to the bloc for each Syrian that Greece returns to Turkey. Turkey also stands to receive up to 6 billion euros ($6.71 billion), visa-free travel and fast track negotiations on EU accession. The deal, according to Amnesty, is unlawful because asylum-seekers don’t access “effective protection” in Turkey. Amnesty argued that Turkey lacks the capacity to process asylum applications and falls short on key criteria to be deemed a “safe third country.” “In its relentless efforts to prevent irregular migrants to Europe, the EU has willfully misrepresented what is actually happening on the ground in Turkey,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty’s director for Europe and