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Migrants and refugees crowd the tracks of a railway station used as a makeshift camp, Idomeni, Greece, May 5, 2016 (AP photo by Gregorio Borgia).

EU Program to Limit African Migration Sparks Human Rights Criticism

Monday, June 20, 2016

On Friday, the aid group Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym, MSF, announced that it will no longer take money from the European Union or any of its member states, in a denunciation of the union’s “intensifying attempts to push people and their suffering away from European shores.” In 2015, the group received about $42 million from member states and nearly $21 million from the EU itself.

The move is a response to a deal between the EU and Turkey, in which Turkey agreed to take back all migrants, including Syrian refugees, who arrived on Greek islands, in exchange for an increase in EU assistance to Turkey. The deal, which is currently being implemented, has seen some success in reducing the number of migrants crossing the Aegean. But it has also drawn the ire of human rights groups, who say it violates international legal protections for refugees. ...

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