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Syrian refugee boys await approval to enter Jordan at the Hadalat reception area, Syrian-Jordanian border, May 4, 2016 (AP photo by Raad Adayleh).

Will the Syrian Crisis Doom the Refugee-Protection Regime, or Save It?

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

The Syrian war has laid bare the inadequacy of current international responses to refugees and the global system in place to protect them. While the number of refugees arriving in Europe from Syria and elsewhere has slowed in recent months and the topic has largely faded from the front pages of newspapers, this lull is likely to be temporary. The slowdown is largely the result of the European Union’s controversial agreement with Turkey, which requires Ankara to improve conditions for refugees and crack down on illicit departures to Europe in exchange for economic aid and visa-free travel within the Schengen zone for Turkish citizens; the EU has yet to fulfill that pledge.

Yet this deal is precarious. When the European Parliament voted to suspend ongoing talks over Turkey’s EU accession in late November, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded, “If you go any further, these border gates will be opened. . . . Do not forget, the west needs Turkey.” ...

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