The EU-Turkey Deal

A view of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.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 deal is historic but, regrettably, for all the wrong reasons – it represents a serious challenge to the basic principles of international refugee law, the rule of law and democratic accountability. 
The policy analysis examines a number of questions:
• The legality of returns to Turkey and whether this contravenes the principle of non-refoulement. There are serious questions to be judicially examined about the compliance of any returns with EU law and European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) jurisprudence.

• 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.
Visit the JRS Ireland Policy Page or read the full analysis HERE.