Hurriyet the leading Turkish newspaper reports that Germany will take the first Syrian refugees subject to an EU–Turkey pact on April 4, with its ambassador noting that the small group’s “resettlement” will serve as a “test” to determine deficiencies in the EU-Turkey readmission deal.
Personally, I struggle to see how this deal will be successfully implemented. I fear that there are more risks than opportunities and the slow processes of the EU bureaucracy will not cope.
The refugees and economic migrants will continue to make their way to Europe, seeking a better life. I fear that the problem will change location but it will not be solved with current policies. Indeed the problem is likely to have been compounded by Angela Merkel’s interventions of last summer.