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EU Proposes Controversial Plan to Deport Refugees Back to Turkey

HeadlineMar 18, 2016

European Union leaders are proposing a controversial new plan which would entail deporting refugees who reach Greece back to Turkey. Human rights groups have criticized the plan, saying mass deportations violate international law. While the plan calls for European countries to commit to resettling Syrians currently living in Turkish refugee camps, there do not appear to be provisions for what to do with refugees coming from other war-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa. This comes as British Prime Minister David Cameron has sparked controversy with his calls for more patrol ships in the Mediterranean to intercept boats carrying refugees and turn them back to Libya, where human rights groups say refugees face violence in the ongoing conflict and imprisonment by the government. On Thursday, the Libyan coast guard intercepted 123 refugees at sea and returned them to the capital Tripoli, where they were detained.

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