The high ransom and the continuous arm-twisting among its members that the European Union(EU) is paying to ameliorate its migrant crisis could become regrettable in the long run should migration flows return to burst record-breaking totals.
The 28-member EU will meet again by March 17, to decide on a larger aid package to Turkey following yesterday's summit in Brussels with Turkey to draft ways to ending the migrant crisis. Having already promised $3.3 billion to Turkey, fast-tracking of its EU-membership talks and an easing of EU visa rules for Turkish citizens, the EU saw Turkey attempt to gain double that promised money at yesterday's summit, claiming that the funds would go only to Syrian refugees and not to Turks, the Associated Press(AP) reported.
However, the summit to seek a solution was adjourned in Brussels for the EU to examine new demands and deadlines from Turkey. Turkey now demands "additional funding", that the easing of visa rules for Turks be expedited to take effect at the end of June 2016 - six-months earlier than had been planned, and that new steps be taken to speed up Turkey's EU-membership process. Also Turkey demands that Europe foots the bill for transporting deported migrants from Europe to Turkey and the creation of a safe haven in northern Syria so that the displaced wouldn't want to leave in the first place.
In turn, Europe would get to accept only refugees from the Syrian war and the green light to deport copious amounts of non-Syrian migrants to Turkey - a plan to which Amnesty International objects.
Would such a plan ease the EU's migrant crisis? Doubtfully. Though Turkey, housing some 2.7 million refugees, is an invaluable partner of any plan to stem the flow of migrants to Europe, Turkey is not the salvation. Political circumstances and conditions evolving within Turkey threaten to send even larger numbers of migrants to Europe.
Greece, on the other hand, stands as a geographical and logistical partner to Europe as a welcoming center, an allocation center and , a deportation facility to Europe's newest people. Moreover, alleviation of the migrant crisis via Greece could circulate and generate well needed finances throughout the oldest democracy.