EU-Turkey Statement

The EU-Turkey Statement (called there of: EU-Turkey Deal) which is being implemented since March 20th, 2016 aimed to deter and eliminate further new refugee arrivals from the Turkish coast to Europe. While the ‘Deal’ is being advertised as a ‘success’ story in migration control, for protection seekers it is just a new model systematic repression and suffering.

Since its very beginning protection seekers suffered from new forms of grave human rights violations that followed these policies. They are at first automatically and systematically detained in the so called hotspots (identification and registration detention centers) and later banned from leaving the islands as they authorities enforce  geographical restriction, a ‘restriction of movement’ that has ever since caught up in limbo thousands under inhuman conditions.

While on EU-territory, refugees, are exposed to various human rights violations and, in particular Syrians, face the risk of being returned back to Turkey without any examination of their grounds of asylum.

RSA is on a regular basis documenting and highlighting the impact caused by the intensive implementation of the EU-Turkey deal to the rule of law as well as to the lives of the people that are subject to the deal.

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…

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…