EU-Turkey migrant deal concerns UN refugee agency

Published: Tuesday 8th March 2016 by The News Editor

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The UN refugee agency is expressing concern about a possible deal between the European Union and Turkey including the prospect of “blanket returns” of refugees from the bloc to Turkey.

UNHCR Europe bureau director Vincent Cochetel told reporters in Geneva that collective expulsion of foreigners is prohibited under international law.

Amid concerns in Europe about illegal migration into the continent, Mr Cochetel said he was “tired of hearing about irregular migrants” because 91% of those arriving in Greece are from war-torn countries like Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

He noted that Turkey has done more to take in refugees than the EU and has become “the largest country of asylum in the world”. Turkey is home to 2.75 million refugees – chiefly from neighbouring Syria.

Published: Tuesday 8th March 2016 by The News Editor

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