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Migrant crisis: Concerns rise as EU-Turkey deal looms

There is growing concern over a lack of preparation for the plan to send migrants back from Greece to Turkey, two days before it goes into effect.

BBC News reporting: After a visit to one of the registration sites in Turkey, a BBC employee reported the state of its readiness. And so far, things don’t look that good for anyone.

His observation is backed up by the UN and other humanitarian organizations, who have expressed fears about the welfare of migrants and whether some may be forced back into Syria as indicated in a report from Amnesty International. The organization has accused Turkey of illegally forcing thousands of refugees back to Syria, but Turkey has denied sending back any refugees against their will.

Obviously, the deal is not a perfect solution to a problem, but many see it as a necessary evil that would reduce the uncontrolled mass movement of people into Europe.

Deal’s conditions are relatively simple. Any migrant, arriving illegally in Greece is expected to be sent back to Turkey from 4 April if they do not apply for asylum or if their claim is rejected. For each migrant returned, a Syrian refugee in Turkey will be resettled in the EU, with priority given to those who have not tried to enter the EU illegally. Another priority would be given to families with children with the numbers in the "double-digit range."

This decision, obviously, stirred up protests among migrants. Some of them have been violent.

On the Greek island of Chios, hundreds tore down the razor wire fence that was keeping them in and fled the camp.

They walked to the port demanding to continue their journeys to northern Europe.

One migrant said: "Deportation is a big mistake because we have risked a lot to come here especially during our crossing from Turkey to Greece. We were smuggled here from Turkey. We cannot go back.

"We will repeat our trip again and again if need be because we are running away in order to save our lives."

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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