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Dr. Pipes, why doesn't the EU try to make a deal with Egypt rather than Turkey?

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Submitted by Anon (Israel), May 18, 2016 at 09:12

First, the EU should assure would-be asylum seekers that they will not get a penny from the German government. Just as Australia assured its own would-be asylum seekers.

Australia also made a deal with Cambodia to deport illegal immigrants there (they would find refuge in Cambodia of course, but not economic prosperity). Why does the EU not strive to make a similar agreement with Egypt?
Egypt would be unlikely to play hardball the way Erdogan does and will also not continually threaten to renegade on the deal unless the EU makes new concessions.
It would likely ask for less money than Turkey and will not seek to have visa-free travel or be part of the EU.

Since those who make their way to Europe certainly do not want to find themselves in Egypt, working hard for peanuts just like every other Egyptian, there'd be a drastic reduction in would-be immigrants.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Interesting idea, especially as more of the migrants are Arabic-speaking than Turkish-speaking.

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