United Nations has said that the radical EU-Turkey plan that seeks to tackle the migrant crisis may go against the international law.
In the new plan, all the migrants that will come to Greece from Turkey will be sent back while for any Syrian migrant that will be returned, a Syrian that is in Turkey will be settled in the European Union.
A refugee agency for the United Nations expressed concerns that the expulsion of the migrants collectively was not in line with the European law.
The plan was referred to as a death blow in the struggle to get asylum.
This deal was discussed during the Brussels summit on Monday and is yet to be finalized. Talks are expected to be in progress even as a EU meeting is scheduled on 17-18 March.
The migrant crisis being experienced in Europe right now is the worst ever since the occurrence of World War II. Last year alone saw over 1 million migrants enter EU illegally via a boat. They mostly went from Turkey to Greece.
Most of the migrants are from Syria and are running away from civil war in the country that has remained persistent for 4 years.
Content of the EU-Turkey plan
The heads of the European Union have said that in order to handle the migrant issue, “bold moves” have to be taken.
The plan proposes the following:
- All the migrants that will come to Greece from Turkey will be sent back.
- For any Syrian migrant that will be returned, a Syrian that is in Turkey will be settled in the European Union.
- Plans to ease access to the EU for Turkish citizens will be speeded up, with a view to allowing visa-free travel by June 2016
- Preparations are to be made on how the matter can be further handled via a meeting
BBC’s correspondent, Girit Selin, said that Turkish media did hail the plan. However, critics have blamed the European Union and added that the union has assumed the human records of Turkey.