Greece starts deportations of refugees to Turkey

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(Picture: BBC News http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35956836)

…as part of the new EU deal with Turkey, the plan to reduce illegal migration to Europe.

„Under the deal, for each Syrian migrant returned to Turkey, the EU is due to take in another Syrian who has made a legitimate request.“

„The arrangement has alarmed rights groups, who say Turkey is not a safe country for migrants. Amnesty International has accused Turkey of illegally returning Syrians to their homeland, something Turkey denies. Save the Children called the deal „illegal and inhumane“, saying people had told them they would kill themselves if sent back to Turkey.“ (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35956836)

UNHCR redefined its role in Greece: „…UNHCR has till now been supporting the authorities in the so-called „hotspots“ on the Greek islands, where refugees and migrants were received, assisted, and registered. Under the new provisions, these sites have now become detention facilities. Accordingly, and in line with our policy on opposing mandatory detention, we have suspended some of our activities at all closed centres on the islands. This includes provision of transport to and from these sites. However, UNHCR will maintain a presence to carry out protection monitoring to ensure that refugee and human rights standards are upheld, and to provide information on the rights and procedures to seek asylum……UNHCR is not a party to the EU-Turkey deal, nor will we be involved in returns or detention. We will continue to assist the Greek authorities to develop an adequate reception capacity.“ (http://www.unhcr.org/56f10d049.html)

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