Why the EU-Turkey migrant deal will blow up in everybody’s face

'It will require physical force to get some of them on the planes or boats that will take them back – enough force that there will be real casualties.'

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There are around two-and-a-half million Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Thursday, 03/31/2016 10:17 pm EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 04/05/2016 8:44 pm EDT

Early next week (April 4), the deal made between the European Union and Turkey to stem the flood of refugees into the EU goes into effect. It will promptly blow up in everybody’s face, for three reasons.

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