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Research Centre on Asylum and Migration and EU claim that highly-qualified refugees have been prevented from being resettled to the EU

14:32 Jun 20 2016 Ankara, Çankaya, Ankara, Central Anatolia Region, Turkey

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Under the EU-Turkey migration pact agreed in March, EU countries must resettle one Syrian refugee living in Turkey for every Syrian returned from Greece.

Metin Corbatir, who heads the Ankara-based Research Centre on Asylum and Migration, told the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper that he had heard of incidences where highly-qualified refugees had been prevented from being resettled to the EU.

Corbatir said that he had been told the decision had been made because Turkey “also need[ed] a qualified labour force”.

Quoting a senior official from the EU’s delegation to Turkey, Hurriyet reported that the European Commission was aware that a number of refugees’ applications had been rejected due to their education level.

The official was quoted as saying: “The Commission expressed its concern to the Turkish authorities, as those refugees had initially been selected by the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management on the basis of their vulnerability.

"But the level of education of resettlement candidates should neither cause positive nor negative discrimination."

As of mid-June, 511 Syrians have been resettled in the EU while only 31 Syrians have been returned from Greece to Turkey.

Some 450 non-Syrian migrants have been sent back.
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