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Questions and criticism as EU-Turkey migration deal takes effect

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Questions and criticism as EU-Turkey migration deal takes effect

<p>From today, Sunday, migrants crossing the Aegean Sea to Greece face being sent back to Turkey under a controversial deal between the EU and Ankara.</p> <p>As <span class="caps">NATO</span> and Turkey tightened patrols, and hundreds trying to make the journey were intercepted on Saturday, the fate of thousands already stranded in Greece remains unclear.</p> <p>Conditions are increasingly desperate at the vast Idomeni tent camp on the closed Macedonian border. Aid agencies believe the situation is set to go from bad to worse.</p> <p><a href="http://www.rescue-uk.org/press-releases/illogical-and-unethical-eu-turkey-deal-will-mean-more-indignity-more-disorder-more-il">The International Rescue Committee has denounced the accord</a> as “illogical and unethical”.</p> <p>“From the International Rescue Committee’s perspective, the deal is only going to lead to more disorder, more lack of dignity,” said <span class="caps">IRC</span> spokesperson Lucy Carrigan in Idomeni.</p> <p>“The idea that you can base resettlement on conditions that people are returned from Greece to Turkey is unethical.”</p> <br /> <br /> <p><iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jo9NjWoC-EE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <br /> <br /> <p>Aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (<span class="caps">MSF</span>) has also condemned the deal.</p> <br /> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">EU-Turkey deal passed. We condemn false solution that will prevent people from arriving to European shores <a href="https://t.co/b7c9EQotrK">https://t.co/b7c9EQotrK</a></p>— MSF International (@MSF) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSF/status/710947699554705408">18 mars 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Europe?src=hash">#Europe</a>, your tax euros are being spent fencing off <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/people?src=hash">#people</a> like this with razor wire. <a href="https://t.co/dQDiDuj8fe">pic.twitter.com/dQDiDuj8fe</a></p>— <span class="caps">MSF</span> International (@MSF) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSF/status/711220738993184768">19 mars 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <br /> <p>For every Syrian refugee returned to Turkey, another Syrian refugee will be resettled from Turkey to the EU. Ankara agreed to the accord in return for financial and political concessions.</p> <p>Plenty of questions remain as to how the deal will work however with migration officials within the Greek government insisting that the conditions are not yet in place for it to be properly implemented.</p>