Turkish opposition criticizes refugee plan with EU

first_imgThe Turkish government came under heavy criticism from opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu for demanding €3 billion extra funding from the European Union to deal with the influx of refugees, Turkish media reported on Friday.Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party, accused the government of “turning Turkey into a buffer province,” in comments to the Hürriyet newspaper.Europe would take in all the university graduates among the refugees and send the rest back to Turkey, he said, adding: “Signing such a deal discriminating between migrants and disrespecting human dignity is against human rights.” At this week’s emergency summit in Brussels, Turkey offered to take back the economic migrants landing in Greece in exchange for Syrian refugees in Turkey being distributed among EU members under a quota system. The deal, however, has yet to be confirmed at another summit taking place on March 17-18.“We can give them (the EU) €6 billion and they can take all the Syrians, Afghanis, Pakistanis,” Kılıçdaroğlu commented on the deal.He is not the only one to criticize the “one in, one out” pact. The head of the U.N. refugee agency and various human rights groups have cast doubt on its legitimacy Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner called the deal “questionable”. Also On POLITICO Juncker: EU-Turkey refugee deal could require legislative change By Vince Chadwick MEPs warn against ‘blank checks’ for Turkey By Maïa de La Baumelast_img

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