08 Mar 16 28 Nov 16

Refugee crisis: Statement by MSF on EU-level negotiations

The following is a statement by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) regarding the current negotiations taking place between the EU and Turkey.

"European leaders have completely lost track of reality and the deal currently being negotiated between the EU and Turkey is one of the clearest examples of their cynicism.

For each refugee that will risk his life at sea and will be summarily sent back to Turkey, another one may have the chance to reach Europe from Turkey under a proposed resettlement scheme."

Crude calculation

"This crude calculation reduces people to mere numbers, denying them humane treatment and discarding their right to seek protection.

In Idomeni, where our teams have been substituting European responsibilities for almost one year, we see the consequences of these unrealistic and inhumane calculations on people’s lives and health.

These people are not numbers but women, children, families, 88% of which are fleeing refugee-producing countries. They should be treated humanely and in the full respect of their rights and dignity."

Essential legal principles

"Clearly, Europe is willing to do anything, including compromising essential human rights and refugee law principles, to stem the flow of refugees and migrants to Europe.

It is time European leaders stop fuelling the policy-created European migration crisis and provide the only realistic and humane response: a safe and legal passage and humanitarian assistance and protection to those in need."

Read more about MSF's work with refugees in Europe