EU interior ministers discuss migration deal with Turkey

Orient Net - Agencies 2016-05-20 09:03:00

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EU Interior Ministers will be holding an extraordinary meeting in Brussels Friday to discuss the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal to stop the flow of migrants to Europe.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the meeting, EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopouls said "this agreement has to be fully implemented in order to control the situation in the Mediterranean."

"It will be a short meeting today but very important," he added, Kuna reported.

The draft deal obliging Turkey to take back all migrants crossing illegally into Greece, including Syria refugees, agreed to on Monday, still needs final approval by the bloc’s leaders at a summit next week.

For each Syrian refugee returned to Turkey, European countries would take one Syrian refugee directly out of Turkish camps. That plan has raised concerns among human rights groups and the United Nations’ refugee agency, which say Turkey has a mixed record on abiding by international refugee law.

Several ministers raised the prospect of legal challenges in the European Court of Human Rights if Syrians and other bona fide refugees are returned to Turkey and forced to live in degrading and inhumane conditions, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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