Legal Opinion on the admissibility under Union law of the European Council’s plan to treat Turkey like a »safe third state«

March 2016

Whether or not to treat Turkey as a ‘safe third country’ has been a matter of much discussion in the EU. Turkey is playing a central role in the struggle to find a solution to the crisis of European refugee law. Political measures must respect applicable Union law. For this reason, the following paper commissioned by Pro Asyl will examine whether applicable Union law allows European Union Member States to treat Turkey as a ‘safe third country’. If this is not the case, asylum seekers cannot be returned from Greece to Turkey or taken back to Turkey after interception at sea.

Legal Opinion by Dr. Reinhard Marx

Commissioned by Pro Asyl
Format: Din A4, 16 pages