U.N., rights groups say EU-Turkey migrant deal may be illegal

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By Stephanie Nebehay and Gabriela Baczynska GENEVA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United Nations and human rights groups warned on Tuesday that a tentative European Union deal to send back all irregular migrants to Turkey in exchange for political and financial rewards could be illegal. "I am deeply concerned about any arrangement that would involve the blanket return of anyone from one country to another without spelling out the refugee protection safeguards under international law," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.