EU Council: Why Greece should consider Turkey safe for Syrian refugees

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Syrian refugees sit on the road during a protest by migrants and refugees demanding the opening of the borders at the main highway leading to FYROM border, near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece, 04 April 2016.

The Council also urged Greece’s government to explain to the country’s judges that Turkey is safe for Syrians and to review the composition and role of the appeal committees since people from civil societies are not neutral.


The European Council on Justice and Home Affairs is applying pressure on Greece over a recent statement about the EU-Turkey migration deal. They are urging Athens to recognise Turkey as a safe third-country.

“We have to make clear to Greece that the vast majority of member states consider Turkey a safe country for Syrians to be returned to,” stressed one diplomatic source on June 8, prior to the Justice and Home Affairs Council that is slated to be held in Luxembourg on June 9-10.

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