PRESS RELEASE: Statement on the EU-Turkey Migrants and Refugees Agreement

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The agreement between the European Union and Turkey reveals the complete inability of European leaders to deal with the humanitarian migrant crisis. The EU decisions are based on a concern to defend each country’s own borders rather than guarantee protection for those fleeing from war and despair.


This agreement denies people the right to search for refuge and protection when they need it, in practice taking away the chance for thousands of people to live in a decent manner.


We’re asking the Union to handle this crisis in a responsible way, opening up safe and legal passages for those trying to get into Europe. We’re also asking for a commitment to examine the causes behind the flight of these people. The only chance of survival for the European Union is to return to its founding premise of the defence of human rights, and to recognise those rights for the most vulnerable.


EMERGENCY, March 2016

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