Germany wants migrants sent back to Greece
GERMANY called for asylum seekers who entered the European Union via Greece to be forced to return there, while also urging Athens to send more migrants back to Turkey.
In an interview with a Greek daily, German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said he wants to reinstate EU rules which oblige asylum seekers to be sent back to Greece as the first EU country they reached.
“I would like the Dublin convention to be applied again ... We will take up discussions on this in a meeting with [EU] interior ministers” later in October, he told the Greek daily Kathimerini.
The Dublin accord gives responsibility for asylum seekers’ application to the first country they reach – which put Greece on the frontline of more than 1 million migrants who arrived in the EU last year.
The accord also says asylum seekers should be sent back to the first country they arrived in if they subsequently reach another EU state before their case is examined. A huge proportion of the migrants ended up in Germany.
But this clause was suspended for Greece in 2011 after the country lost an EU legal complaint which condemned the mistreatment of migrants seeking international protection there. –