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Written question – Shipwreck in the Mediterranean and the fate of migrants returned to Turkey – P-003199/2016

According media reports, over 400 migrants attempting the crossing to Europe lost their lives last Sunday when their vessel went down in the Mediterranean.

Unfortunately, this tragedy was all too predictable. A few days after the entry into force of the agreement providing for the detention of migrants entering the EU and their expulsion to Turkey, hundreds of thousands of migrants had converged on northern Libya with the intention of attempting to reach Lampedusa by means of a Mediterranean crossing that had previously claimed thousands of lives before the migrant flow shifted to the Aegean Sea and the Balkans.

Further tragedies of this kind now appear inevitable, while doubts and speculation are arising concerning the fate of the migrants returned to Turkey.

In view of this:

1. What information does the Commission have regarding this tragedy, what specific action did it take to prevent it and what measures will it take to prevent further deaths in the Mediterranean (in the next few days and beyond)?
2. What information does it have concerning the location and wellbeing of the migrants returned from the EU to Turkey? Can it guarantee that they have not been sent back to Syria?