Sunday, May 22, 2016
EU complains Turkey is sending ill and less-educated Syrians, refuses to send Syrian academics.
EU members complains Turkey is sending ill and less-educated Syrians, refuses to send Syrian academics. (MEM).
EU members have complained to Turkey for sending unwell Syrians to Europe as part of a controversial migrant swap deal, German daily Der Spiegel reported on Saturday.
Under a deal that came into force in March, the EU will resettle one Syrian refugee from camps in Turkey in exchange for each asylum seeker deported back to Turkey after arriving in Europe by boat.
So far around 400 people have been returned to Turkey under the deal, meaning in theory that 400 others have been resettled in Europe.
However, amid legal challenges to the deal, Der Spiegel's report suggests that tensions over the fine print could also be putting it at risk.
At a recent internal EU meeting in Brussels, a representative of Luxembourg reportedly criticised Turkey for sending “serious medical cases” as well as less-educated Syrians as part of the scheme.
Germany's parliamentary state secretary in the interior ministry, Ole Schroeder, also reported to the country's parliament this week that Turkey is not sending highly educated Syrians to Europe.
Turkey has informed UNHCR, the UN's refugee agency, that Syrian academics may not be included in the scheme and resettled to Europe.
UNHCR is usually in charge of identifying people eligible for refugee resettlement programmes, but in this case Turkey has insisted that it be in charge of selecting candidates. Hmmmm.......From the start i warned that Turkey would 'select' them, this is the result. How to poison a continent in easy steps. Read the full story here.