European Green Party: ‘The EU cannot think to outsource its migration management to Turkey’

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Refugees stand near tents as they wait to cross the border near Idomeni, northern Greece, 08 March 2016.

European Green Party: ‘The EU cannot think to outsource its migration management to Turkey’


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The European Green Party warned on March 7 that it cannot accept a deal that does not include a serious relocation mechanism of refugees among the EU countries.

In a statement released by the EGP’s co-chairs, Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer said: “Time has come for the EU to deliver on and to expand the decisions it took in the last few months. We need a comprehensive, stable and common approach to the migration crisis: the EU cannot think to ‘outsource’ its management to Turkey”.

According to Frassoni, there is no doubt that economic support from the EU to Turkey is needed. “However, an agreement to withhold or take back refugees cannot be used as a ‘currency of exchange’ for allowing Turkey to do whatever it wants. Instead of trying to obtain its leverage with this humanitarian emergency, Turkey could start with restoring peace and respect of human rights and press freedom inside of its borders, if it wants its candidacy to the EU membership to actually advance”.

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