This policy outlook examines the motive of all three parties - Turkey, the refugees and Greece - to understand how things have unfolded after Turkey's announcement that it would no longer stop migrants seeking to go to Europe.

Semanur Pekkendir Darbaz 23 March 2020

On February 27, 2020, after Syrian regime airstrikes resulted in the death of 34 Turkish soldiers, Turkey announced that it would no longer stop migrants seeking to go to Europe. This has resulted in a wave of asylum seekers at Turkey’s border with Greece. This announcement didn’t come out of blue. It is a result of ongoing unease within Turkey regarding the refugee crisis. This policy outlook examines the motive of all three parties - Turkey, the refugees and Greece - to understand how things have unfolded. It provides insights on Turkey’s asylum policies and the ongoing EU-Turkey migrant deal, as well as information from the field.

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