The plan to close more Turkey-like deals with countries outside the EU is a source of concern for some Utrecht University researchers. This plan is on the table at a major European migration summit, but experts in the field of human rights, European law and migration flows, give it little chance of success.
Now that Italy recently refused several boats with refugees, the EU wants to relieve the pressure on these typical "arrival countries". One of the ideas is to create "hot spots", supported by European money, in North African countries such as Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt, or Central European countries like Albania or Macedonia. These camps, supported by the EU and the UN refugee organization UNHCR could them be the place to make a selection between refugees, eligible for asylum in the EU, or "economic" refugees. The first group can then be divided among the European countries, the last group can be sent back to their home country.