COVID-19: Architect of the EU-Turkey deal calls for Greek camps to be evacuated


Gerald Knaus, the man widely considered responsible for coming up with the EU-Turkey Deal that has trapped thousands of people in squalid conditions on Greek islands, is now calling for those camps to be evacuated.

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"How do you keep social distance in a sprawling, totally overstretched refugee such as Moria, which was already a health hazard before the coronavirus made landfall in Greece? How do you regularly wash your hands when there is not enough water and soap?

For most people living in any of the overcrowded camps on the Greek islands, following the measures recommended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus simply is not possible.

DW spoke to migration expert Gerald Knaus, who is a co-founder of the think tank the European Stability Initiative. Knaus was the architect of the European Union's refugee deal with Turkey signed in March 2016. However, he says that that deal is now "gone.""

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