EU-Turkey migrant deal that was doomed to fail
Hannah Lucinda Smith
Friday February 28 2020, 5.00pm GMT, The Times
The deal struck by the EU with Turkey in March, 2016 to stop refugees flowing into Europe fell apart almost before the ink dried. Critics say that it was doomed to fail, although on paper it is still operational. At its heart is a people swap: all migrants who travel to Greece illegally are to be returned to Turkey, and for every Syrian returned one will be resettled from Turkey to Europe. In return, Turkey is to receive €6 billion and visa-free travel for its citizens into the Schengen area.
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