The head of the U.N. refugee agency is concerned for the EU-Turkey deal.
that refugees could suffer if the European Union’s migrant deal with Turkey is “hijacked” by political concerns.
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told The Associated Press Monday that he hopes refugees do “not get hijacked by all the rest.”
THE EU HAS OFFERED TURKEY VISA FREE TRAVEL FOR TURKISH CITIZENS
The EU has offered Turkey visa-free travel for Turkish citizens, fast-track EU membership talks and billions of euros for Syrian refugees if it stops migrants coming to Europe.
While refugee arrivals in Greece have slowed significantly, tensions between Ankara and Brussels are high over delays on easing visa restrictions and the slow pace of membership talks.
Grandi said linking refugees’ futures to Turkey’s EU concerns “makes it somehow conditional to other issues that are more complicated and difficult.”