Unsafe Turkey, unsafe Europe
We need to look at the profound political, legal and ethical costs of reducing refugee flows.
The marked increase in refugee flows from Turkey to Greece and subsequently to other EU Member States during the second half of 2015 and first months of 2016 triggered a political tornado – with political manoeuvres shifting between European institutions and member state authorities.
In an attempt to control continuing flows, cooperation with Turkey has been presented as a key way to achieve what has become an EU priority, namely, to decrease the number of refugee entries and/or prevent them altogether while increasing the rates of enforced removal orders. Since the adoption of the EU-Turkey Statement of 18 March 2016, as Graph 1 below illustrates, the number of entries of asylum seekers to Greece has dramatically decreased. This is now presented as proof of success.
SERGIO CARRERA and AIKATERINI DRAKOPOLOU 29 September 2016