by Danilo Mandić

The Syrian refugee crisis has strained our moral intuitions about smugglers. On the one hand, refugee rights have been a staple of the postwar social democratic ethos. From the Vatican to Berlin, forced migrants have been proclaimed the test of European humanism. Even governments with the most egregious migrant policies (at least nominally) uphold refugee rights as human rights. The principles of non-refoulment, freedom of movement, and the right to liberty and safety within refuge countries, continue to be binding. With all its faults, the EU-Turkey deal purports to be in the interests of those fleeing the Syrian civil war.

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