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EU-Turkey Migrant Plan is Morally, Legally Flawed: Amnesty

DUBAI, March 13 (Reuters) – A draft European Union plan to send back some migrants to Turkey has legal and moral flaws and could put vulnerable people at risk, the head of Amnesty International said, calling on Europe to take in more people seeking refuge instead. Under a tentative deal struck last Monday, Turkey agreed

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EU Ministers Cautious on Easing Visa Rules for Turkey Under Migration Deal

By Tom Körkemeier and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 10 – European Union interior ministers expressed reservations on Thursday over easing visa requirements for Turkey, a key element of a tentative deal with Ankara that Brussels and Germany hope will halt the mass influx of refugees and migrants to Europe. EU and Turkish leaders agreed in

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Europe’s Deal With Turkey Fails to Deter Migrant Attempts For Now

By Dasha Afanasieva and Melih Aslan DIDIM, Turkey, March 9 – Turkey’s coastguard intercepted dozens of mostly Syrian migrants in coves along the Aegean coast on Wednesday as they continued to attempt perilous sea crossings to Greece despite Ankara’s efforts to stem the flow under a deal with the European Union. A group of 42

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Macedonia Closes Border to Illegal Migrants

SKOPJE, March 9 – Macedonia has closed its border “completely” to illegal migrants after Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia announced tight new restrictions on migrant entry, a police official said on Wednesday. Thousands of migrants have built up on the Greek side of the Macedonian border. Macedonia had been allowing small numbers of Syrians and Iraqis

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Besieged Syrian Children Run Toward Bombs for Fire Wood: Aid Worker

UNITED NATIONS, March 9 – Instead of fleeing aerial bombings throughout winter, besieged Syrian children ran towards devastated buildings to search for broken furniture that could fuel fires for warmth and cooking, said a Syrian aid worker as the country marks five years of war. The aid worker – who spoke on condition of anonymity

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Mass Return Under EU-Turkish Deal on Refugees Would Contravene Law: UNHCR

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, March 8 (Reuters) – The U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday that the European Union’s “quick fix” deal to send back refugees en masse to Turkey would contravene their right to protection under European and international law. European Union leaders welcomed Turkey’s offer on Monday to take back all migrants who

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EU Welcomes Bold Turkey Plan to Stop Migrants, Defers Decision

By Humeyra Pamuk and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, March 8 – European Union leaders welcomed Turkey’s offer on Monday to take back all migrants who cross into Europe from its soil and agreed in principle to Ankara’s demands for more money, faster EU membership talks and quicker visa-free travel in return. However, key details remained to

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EU Looks to Turkey to End Migrant Crisis, Uneasy Over Rights

By Alastair Macdonald and Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS, March 7 – EU leaders sit down with Turkey’s premier on Monday seeing a glimmer of hope for an end to the refugee crisis that has divided Europe but troubled by having to seek favours from a government that scorns their ideas of human rights. With tens of

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Merkel Slams Anti-Immigrant AfD, Defends Her Refugee Policy

BERLIN, March 6 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticized the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, saying it stirs up prejudice and polarizes society. Her comments, made in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, reflect growing unease among Germany’s mainstream parties amid rising popular support for the right-wing AfD and its fierce

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Egypt Migrant Departures Stir New Concern in Europe

By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS, Feb 28  – The European Union fears Mediterranean migrant smuggling gangs are reviving a route from Egypt, officials told Reuters, putting thousands of people to sea in recent months as they face problems in Libya and Turkey. “It’s an increasing issue,” an EU official said of increased activity after a quiet

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