The EU-Turkey Deal
JRS Europe has published an extensive policy analysis of the EU-Turkey deal, calling it a "seismic shift in the European Union’s policy towards forced migrants and its international protection obligations".
In the 24-page document made available to policymakers, legal practitioners and other stakeholders, JRS Europe identifies a number of key human rights concerns with the EU-Turkey deal, setting the context and background for further advocacy action to defend the rights of forced migrants.
• The return of all ‘irregular migrants’ from Greece to Turkey and the threat it poses to the unity of the family and the best interests of the child.
• The transformation of ‘hotspots’ in Greece into detention centres and the inadequacy of reception capacity in Greece generally.
• The form and legal basis of the deal negotiated between the European Council and Turkey. As such, it completely bypassed consultation with the European Parliament and the normal democratic process.
• The rising importance given to the nationality of protection-seekers in the EU.
• The deal purports to be a temporary emergency measure, but there is no end date.