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EU seals deal to return migrants, but is it doable?

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 01:20

The European Union seals a controversial deal with Turkey aimed at stopping illegal migration flows to Europe in return for financial and political rewards for Ankara. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The ink is still drying on a controversial EU accord to stop Europe's migrant flow. But on the Greek island of Idomeni, where some 10,000 migrants are stuck in limbo, the refugees and aid agencies are calling the deal immoral. Under the plan, Ankara would take back all migrants and refugees who have illegally crossed Turkey into Europe -- even Syrians fleeing war. In exchange, Turkey is rewarded with money and fast track talks for EU membership. Lucy Carrigan is with the International Rescue Committee: (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE (IRC) SPOKESPERSON, LUCY CARRIGAN, SAYING: "From the International Rescue Committee's perspective, the deal is only going to lead to more disorder, more lack of dignity, more chaos for the people who are already here in Greece, and the idea that you can base resettlement on conditions that people are returned from Greece to Turkey is unethical and will only ensure that desperate people will seek more desperate ways to Europe." Proponents of the deal say it will close the main route by which a million migrants entered Europe in just the past year. Also, thousands of Syrian migrants will still be taken by the EU directly from Turkey. But deep doubts remain over the accord ... even its architects aren't sure if the plan is entirely legal or even doable.

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EU seals deal to return migrants, but is it doable?

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 01:20