An independent monitoring body is urgently needed to oversee a border control system mired in allegations of violence
The 2016 deal between the EU and Turkey, and the closure of the western Balkan route, curbed the massive influx of Syrian refugees towards Europe. But the story didn’t end there. In the years since, Europe’s intransigence on the issue of mass migration has led EU member states on the external frontier of Europe to restore control over their borders by employing violent force and bending the law.
The EU’s external border control apparatus is now a patchwork of irregular approaches engineered to avoid EU and international external border rules. The European commission has virtually no oversight of what truly goes on.