The proposed refugee exchange programme between the EU and Turkey is the most visible example of an evolving European policy of “humane return”. Containment (keeping refugees in the Middle East) hasn’t worked, nor have deflection (razor wire on the Hungarian and Macedonian borders), temporary protection or permanent resettlement. This is the latest arrow pulled from the quiver of failed solutions.
Humane return is essentially the process of quickly removing asylum seekers en masse from your own territory while appearing to conform to general legal principles.
As was made clear by Filippo Grandi, the UN high commissioner for refugees, humane return is not …read more
Source: The Conversation