A blog from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

As the European Union (EU) meets the Turkish government to review its now-failed 2016 deal, it faces a renewed test: strengthen its borders and shut out refugees and other migrants, or recognise that the human and political costs are too high a price to pay.

The deal, which included a €6 billion commitment to Turkey in exchange for its containment of European-bound asylum-seekers, has undermined the core values the EU claims to espouse, while fuelling a dangerous narrative of populism. Paying to contain refugees and other migrants is also not a sustainable migration policy.

Read the blog on the ODI website

It contains details of the deal, the human cost and the reframing of the refugee narative.