Ger­many wants mi­grants sent back to Greece

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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