EU-Turkey Statement

Four years after the toxic EU-Turkey “deal” came into effect, the Eastern Aegean islands continue to experience its harmful consequences. Thousands of refugees and migrants continue to find themselves confined in horrible conditions in the five hotspots of Kos, Leros, Samos, Lesvos and Chios. At the same time, the government’s plans to establish closed facilities were faced with protests by the local communities in February 2020, clashes with riot police, as well as reported police violence. This was a novel event in the contemporary history of the islands.

Successive legislative reforms introduced over the past year have continued to have a significant adverse impact on the quality of asylum procedure and procedural safeguards and have rendered more asylum seekers detainable, for longer periods, and with less guarantees.

RSA regularly documents the impact of the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal on the rule of law and lives of asylum seekers and the local population. The organisation also represents cases of asylum-seekers confined on the islands before the Greek authorities, as well as before the European Court of Human Rights in cases of persons facing imminent risk of removal or dire living conditions.

15 Jun: The EASO Report on Turkey

RSA publishes the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) “Turkey: Content of Protection – Country Information Pack”, last updated in August 2019.

18 Mar: Summary of the event: “Through the eyes of those who experienced it”.(VIDEO)

Refugees and islanders talked about the effects of the deal on their lives and on local communities. The event was coordinated by journalist Fotini Lampridi.

18 Mar: Repercussions for the children of the “Deal” | EU-Turkey “deal”: 5 Years of Shame

Four experts present the impact of confinement on the mental health, rights and life of the “children of the deal”.

18 Mar: Stories of refugees | EU-Turkey “deal”: Five years of Shame

Three illustrative stories of refugees who experienced the tragic consequences of the implementation of the “deal” at any cost remind us that human rights are trampled every day in the Reception and Identification Centres of the Aegean islands.

17 Mar: An avoidable institutional deviation | EU-Turkey “deal”: 5 Years of Shame

The Statement / “Deal” of the Heads of European Union (EU) Member States and Turkey represents an institutional deviation, five…

16 Mar: EU-Turkey deal: 5 Years of Shame

Since March 2016 the Statement / “Deal” of the Heads of European Union (EU) Member States and Turkey represents an…

16 Mar: Rule of law capture by a Statement | EU-Turkey deal: 5 Years of Shame

Download theLegal Note From its very inception in early March 2016, the EU-Turkey deal signed on 18 March 2016 was…

05 Aug: Joint statement: Safeguard the rights of refugees in Turkey!

We, the undersigned organizations working in the area of human rights, express our gravest concerns regarding the recent arrests in…

11 Apr: BUILDING EUROPE, TOGETHER WITH MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

Manifesto for the 2019 European elections by 5 organisations from France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain

06 Dec: Greece, EU: Move Asylum Seekers to Safety. End Containment Policy, Organize Transfers Now

(Athens, December 6, 2018) – The Greek government and its European Union partners should urgently ensure that all asylum seekers…

22 Nov: Surviving in Moria

The situation in the Aegean hotspots remains very critical despite persistent calls from NGOs and international organizations to end the…

05 Nov: The implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement is an insult for the human life and dignity

Athens 24 October 2018 With regard to the intensification of the problems in the islands of Eastern Aegean, both concerning…

09 Oct: The “hotspots” experiment: removing human rights from the equation

Gradually, hotspots on the Greek islands have acquired more characteristics far different to those initially announced in terms of their…

13 Aug: EUROPE’S ‘SUCCESS STORY’

On 9 August, the Aegean became once more a graveyard for seven refugee children after a boat carrying around 13…

21 Jun: EU refugee and migration policy shifts towards the implementation of a reactionary far right agenda

In the absence of a real refugee and migration crisis on the external borders of Europe this year, arrivals down…

20 Mar: Stop The Toxic Deal NOW

In the framework of their campaign #StopTheToxicDeal RSA and PRO ASYL publish today their common statement against the toxic EU-Turkey…

17 Mar: #StopTheToxicDeal TURKEY AS A “SAFE THIRD COUNTRY”

In the framework of their campaign #StopTheToxicDeal RSA and PRO ASYL publish today the final topic that concerns Turkey as…

15 Mar: #StopTheToxicDeal DETENTION

In the framework of their campaign #StopTheToxicDeal RSA and PRO ASYL publish today the fourth topic that concerns Detention. #StopTheToxicDeal

13 Mar: #StopTheToxicDeal VULNERABILITY

In the framework of their campaign #StopTheToxicDeal RSA and PRO ASYL publish today the third topic that concerns vulnerability. #StopTheToxicDeal

09 Mar: #StopTheToxicDeal XENOPHOBIA

In the framework of their campaign #StopTheToxicDeal RSA and PRO ASYL publish today the second topic that concerns xenophobia #StopTheToxicDeal

07 Mar: #StopTheToxicDeal Reception Conditions

In the framework of their campaign #StopTheToxicdeal RSA and PRO ASYL publish today the first topic that concerns reception conditions…

06 Mar: STOP THE TOXIC EU-TURKEY DEAL – STORIES FOR 2 DISGRACEFUL YEARS FOR EUROPE

#StopTheToxicDeaL Two years after its implementation, the EU-Turkey ‘deal’ still stands at the forefront of European Union (EU) Policy on…

23 Jan: LEGAL AID (INDIVIDUAL LEGAL REPRESENTATION IN ASYLUM/REFUGEE CONTEXT) FOR MIGRANTS, ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES IN GREECE: CHALLENGES AND BARRIERS

By the Legal Aid Actors Task Force, January 2018 The following observations are drawn from the experience of 14 organisations assisting…

19 Dec: Greece Refugee Policy State of Play: Reality Dictates Policy, Authorities Prepare again to crack down on Rule of Law

At the end of October the Ministry of Migration Policy has decided to decongest 2000 people from overcrowded hot-spots in…

20 Oct: Legal Note: UNHCR has Failed to Stand Up for Refugee Rights During Crucial EU-Turkey Deal Judgment

LEGAL NOTE UNHCR has Failed to Stand Up for Refugee Rights During Crucial EU-Turkey Deal Judgement October 20th 2017 On…

17 Oct: PRO ASYL/RSA: Last Exit Strasbourg – After the verdict of the highest administrative Greek court the legal dispute continues

The highest administrate Greek court, the Council of State confirmed in a judgment published on 22 September, the decisions of…

24 Sep: Greek court opens door for forcible returns of asylum seekers back to Turkey

The Council of State, the Supreme Administrative Court of Greece, has on Friday decided against the appeals of two Syrians…

30 Aug: Scandalous silence about the violation of human rights in Turkey

Day by day the situation regarding serious human rights violations in Turkey is deteriorating, while the crisis in the relations…

19 Aug: Political games on the backs of refugees

Hundreds of refugees that entered EU through Greece and reached other EU countries  after 15th of March are in danger…

17 Jul: Serious gaps in the care of refugees in Greek hotspots; Vulnerability assessment system is breaking down

Following the departure of Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), medical and social services have seriously been minimised in the Registration and Identification…

15 Jun: Greek Hotspots: Deaths Not to Be Forgotten

(a joint PRO ASYL / Refugee Support Aegean (RSA) Policy Note) 14th June 2017 Greek Hotspots: Deaths Not to Be…

30 May: The European Court of Human Rights communicated the case of B.J. (v. Greece) and has addressed the Greek government with specific questions

A Syrian refugee, a Christian of Armenian origin, who lived for about a year in Turkey under the precarious ‘temporary…

13 Apr: Greece: Back to Detention

On March 30th a new pre-removal detention center was opened on Kos Island. Similar detention centers are planned on other…

17 Mar: One year since the EU-Turkey Statement: refugees trapped in a buffer zone

A policy note of the RSA team and partner of PRO ASYL in Greece lays open the fatal consequences the…

10 Mar: The highest court of Greece will decide on the EU-Turkey Deal

“A crucial day for refugee protection in Europe” Athens/Chios/Frankfurt: Today the highest Greek Court will hold a hearing to examine whether…