At the fundamental level WTF is the EU-Turkey deal? If I understand correctly, EU countries don’t want to take in refugees because it is believed that they pose a threat to the EU countries – both economic and security. Okay. So by sending them all to Turkey what the EU is saying is, the refugees are dangerous as they pose a threat, therefore we will not take them in lest they blast bombs or kill people. But we don’t mind if they do all of those dangerous things in Turkey. So Turkey can burn as long as Europe doesn’t.
And Turkey – what are you doing?! The country is bursting at the seams, already riddled with regular bombings and attacks, and a struggling economy, yet you’re taking in more refugees than your country can handle. For what? For a free-access travel pass for Turkish nationals and better trade deals?
The deal promises money, an easing of visa restrictions for Turks, and a renewal of Turkey’s EU candidacy in exchange for Turkey increasing its efforts to contain refugees within its own borders. It says much about the EU’s fears of mass migration if a country tilting towards autocracy and on the brink of civil war can use the threat of a refugee influx to renew its candidacy, while in the past its efforts to democratise were rebuffed.
Having said that, I completely understand that it’s not an easy problem to solve. I don’t have a perfect solution to offer and neither will there be a perfect solution. Because perfect solutions don’t exist. In cases where near-perfect solutions don’t exist, we go for the next best solution. Is this EU-Turkey deal the next best solution? – Not by a long shot.
Needless to say, we – the collective humanity- are not handling this well. On the one hand we have evolved to the point of creating driver-less cars and artificial intelligence like Siri. On the other hand, we’re handling this crisis in the most rudimentary way possible – by putting barbed wires on border fences.