Rights groups urge Greece to scrap EU-Turkey migrant deal


Human rights and migrant welfare groups are urging Greece to scrap its part of a deal between the European Union and Turkey, designed to reduce unchecked migration to Europe from the east.

In a statement Thursday, 20 groups sharply criticized the winter living conditions in Greece's eastern Aegean island migrant camps, where asylum-seekers are held under the 2016 agreement. The statement called for all camp residents to be moved to mainland Greece or other EU countries.

The deal foresees Greece containing migrants arriving illegally from Turkey on the islands until their bids for asylum in Greece are processed. Theoretically, if the applications are rejected, Greece could then return Syrians to Turkey and other migrants to their homelands. But this rarely happens.

Turkey is also supposed to discourage migrants from heading for Greece under the deal.


Reader Comments


Next Up in Nation World

Paramedic says co-worker kept nude photos of employees for blackmail
Paramedic says co-worker kept nude photos of employees for blackmail

A central Florida paramedic is accused of collecting nude photos of her co-workers and sharing them with employees while on duty. >> Read more trending news  According to a report, Amy Sherlock admitted to Volusia County investigators she got the photos through a group text she was in with three male former co-workers. She...
Montana man: Hunter 'mistook him for Bigfoot' and took shots at him
Montana man: Hunter 'mistook him for Bigfoot' and took shots at him

A Montana man shooting at targets Sunday suddenly became a target himself. >> Read more trending news  The 27-year-old man from Helena dived for cover after several bullets landed near him, the Helena Independent Record reported. When the man confronted the shooter, he was told that he “was not wearing orange and thought he was...
Navistar CEO says truck maker’s rebound is complete
Navistar CEO says truck maker’s rebound is complete

Navistar’s president and CEO told investors Monday the company’s long financial recovery is over after the truck maker reported solid financial results in 2018. The company reported net income of $340 million in 2018, compared to $30 million for fiscal year 2017. Navistar announced fourth quarter income of $188 million. The past year was...
Before his death, man leaves girl, 2, Christmas gifts for the next 14 years
Before his death, man leaves girl, 2, Christmas gifts for the next 14 years

A man in Wales made sure he could bring Christmas cheer to a young neighbor long after his death. >> Read more trending news  Ken Watson, 87, died recently, but the family of 2-year-old Cadi Owens was shocked to learn that their elderly neighbor left Christmas presents to give their daughter for the next 14 years, the BBC reported....
Police: 6-month-old girl survives after dad admits trying to drown her in icy pond
Police: 6-month-old girl survives after dad admits trying to drown her in icy pond

Police in Missouri revived a 6-month-old baby found floating in an icy retention pond and arrested the child’s father, who said he had attempted to drown his daughter, KMBC reported. >> Read more trending news  Jonathon Stephen Zicarelli, 28, of Greenwood, is accused of first-degree domestic assault, the Kansas City...
More Stories