Elements of a complex but still incomplete puzzle
Janis A. Emmanouilidis
The March 2016 EU Summit was yet another attempt to make progress on managing the EUs migration/refugee crisis. In this post-summit analysis, Janis A. Emmanouilidis argues that the EU-Turkey deal, which foresees a return of migrants from Greece to Turkey and a direct resettlement of Syrians from Turkey to the EU on the grounds of a 1-for-1 scheme, is a key and necessary element in a very complex puzzle trying to stop irregular routes of migration. The ultimate success of this agreement is by no means certain, but it has the chance to reduce the number of people arriving at the shores of Europe. However, this would neither settle the crisis nor will it provide an adequate response to those in need of international protection. The humanitarian imperative requires that the EU-Turkey deal is complemented by a much more ambitious direct resettlement scheme and other long-term measures as part of a comprehensive plan aiming to balance solidarity and security in an effort to sustainably overcome the crisis.
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