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An EU-Turkey Deal on Migrants? Or, the Skirting of International Law?

Legal questions remain as to the soundness of a proposed European Union(EU)-Turkey deal aim at diffusing the continent's migrant crisis. And as a Turkish delegation meeting in Brussels, Belgium, contemplates the EU offer today, the proposal appears flawed under international law in respect of the humanitarian obligation of due process accorded each and every migrant seeking solace.

The proposal calls for Turkey to accept all irregular migrants that are deported from Greece. In exchange, for every irregular migrant Turkey receives back, the EU would settle a Syrian migrant from Turkey. The plan also calls for the EU to speed a policy to allow non-visa Turk visits by June, 2016, and to fast-track talks regarding Turkey's membership in the EU. Moreover, the plans calls for the speeding up of a $3.3 billion aid package promised to Turkey last October with a possibility of providing more aid.

However, international rights organizations and scholars including Amnesty International, have questioned the EU-Turkey deal on the basic that on its face, due process of each claimant for asylum might not be considered or denied without a hearing.

Hence, the EU should manage its migrant crisis from within its bloc of members paying due consideration and responsibility to its humanitarian obligations under International Law with a view to accepting its newest people via a humane and orderly logistical hub in Greece.