Those anxiously waiting on the Greek-Macedonian border have reacted angrily to the European Commission’s decision to conditionally recommend visa-free access to Turkish citizens.
For the deal to be agreed, Ankara would need to meet certain conditions, including helping to block migrants from reaching Europe.
Ibrahim Moussa, a Syrian in northern Greece’s Idomeni camp said the decision left them between a rock and a hard place.
“We are stuck between two fires now,” he said. “We ran away from a war. Now all the Turkish people are going to go to Europe. They will walk around freely in Europe while we are stuck here.”
Muhammed, who is also from Syria, added:
“Today if the Europeans paid them to close the borders, they would keep the agreement and would once again allow people to enter through smuggling. Europe is not benefiting from all of this, Turkey is.”
Both the European Union and Turkey have expressed hope the offer of a visa deal for the Schengen zone will yield positive results.