Plenary Speeach: How Can Turkey Possibly be a 'Safe Third Country'?

03/08/2016

Turkey is a country that uses its army against its own people. It is a country where reportedly border guards have shot at refugees.  It is a country where press freedom is under attack. And it is a country that the European Commission wants to declare a 'safe third country'. Does the European Commission really believe this? The way I read the definition of a 'safe third country' (Art. 38 of the Asylum Procedures Directive 2013/32/EU), it cannot be applied to present-day Turkey. Why are we making laws, that we are then deliberately neglecting?

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