European Council: 28-29 June: Draft Conclusions


"the return of migrants to Turkey in full respect of the provisions on inadmissibility under the Asylum Procedures Directive..."

Comment: The problem with the Asylum Procedures Directive is that is based on the lowest possible standards and does not requite third countries to implement the 1951 Geneva Convention standards and protections.

"In the Central Mediterranean, flows of predominantly economic migrants remain at the same level as last year..." [emphasis added]

Comment: People arriving from north Africa are refugees.

"fast and operational returns of irregular migrants, including by applying temporary arrangements, pending the conclusion of full-fledged readmission agreements."


See the full text: Draft Conclusions (LIMITE doc no: 8471-16, pdf)

Comment: To be based on the use of "leverage", that is, threats to withdraw development aid and trade if not compliant to EU demands

 

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