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Tuesday, 10 March 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Migration situation at the Greek-Turkish border and the EU's common response to it (debate)

  Malik Azmani (Renew). – Mr President, yesterday, the EU and Turkey started evaluating the 2016 migration deal and talked about the way forward – finally, Commissioner!

Many doubts have been raised over this deal, but let’s not forget that Turkey has provided shelter to millions of refugees and migrants for the last few years. Without this Agreement, many would have come to the EU.

However, that migrants are now being used to start dialogue, to bring pressure to bear, is unacceptable. We need to return safely the people stuck at the Turkish-Greek border, and help especially those in Idlib, and also help to de-escalate the situation over there. Moreover, we urgently need a comprehensive approach on migration. We need a full assessment at the external border of those likely to be allowed to stay and those who are not. We need also to have more sustainable partnerships with safe third countries.

The EU presented the solution two months ago. When will the Commission act?

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