It appears that one of the secret codicils to the immigration agreement between the EU and Turkey granted the latter the right to choose which “refugees” to send on to Europe, and which to retain in the Turkish migrant camps. In practice, Turkey — surprise, surprise! — lets only the riff-raff go through — the most problematic cases — and keeps well-educated, useful, and productive people for itself. Most notably, Syrian academics are not being allowed to travel on to Europe.
Many thanks to Nash Montana for translating this article from Unzensuriert:
Turkey only lets negative picks of “refugees” travel on to the EU
For each illegal refugee that Turkey takes in for Europe, another one can legally travel to the EU. But just who they will be is a decision made by Turkey — and it usually isn’t the best ones.
“Refugees” often very sick or illiterate
The dirty deal made by Jean Claude Juncker and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel more and more reveals itself as a farce at the expense of Europeans. Not only is Turkey being paid a high price for their position as gatekeeper, but it shamelessly exploits the opportunity to rid itself of problem people and saddle the European citizens with them. SPIEGEL reported that they are in possession of internal information from the EU, in which multiple European governments have pointed out that among the admitted candidates there was a conspicuously high number of difficult cases. The representative for Luxembourg criticized that most suggestions coming from Turkey were serious medical cases and “refugees” with an extremely deficient educational background.
Turkey exploits privilege
Concerning the selection of “refugees”, the EU conceded unusual privileges to Turkey. Normally the United Nations refugee relief organization UNHCR decides who may be resettled. But — not without an ulterior motive — the Turkish government forced through a rule that they will always get to make the first choice. Officially this was called the “shortened process”, which took place “in collusion with the Turkish administration as well as with the host countries”. But in truth the lists that Turkey sets in front of the UNHCR are all stamped and accepted without a discussion.
In the past few weeks, the Turkish administration withdrew previously-granted exit permits for “refugees” on multiple occasions. This seemed to mostly be the case for families where the heads of families were well-educated engineers, doctors or skilled laborers. And in the meantime Turkey has seemingly let the refugee relief organization know that Syrian academics from now on will not be allowed to travel via the EU-Turkey exchange pact.