EU tells Greece to stop ‘violent’ deportations of asylum seekers | Migration News

Cease ‘violent’ deportations of asylum seekers or danger dropping funds, the EU’s high migration official tells Athens.

The European Union’s high migration official has advised Greece to cease “violent” deportations of asylum seekers or danger dropping funds.

After turning into one of many predominant vacation spot factors through the migration disaster of 2015, Athens has hardened its coverage previously yr by rising land and sea patrols, extending a border fence and constructing camps with a lot stricter safety on its islands close to Turkey.

It has repeatedly denied accusations of so-called pushbacks of asylum seekers, saying it intercepts boats at sea to guard its personal and the EU’s borders.

“Defending EU exterior border from unlawful entry is an obligation. Violent and unlawful deportations of migrants should cease, now,” EU’s Residence Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson mentioned on Thursday after assembly Greek authorities ministers.

She mentioned Athens would put in place from September a brand new system to safeguard basic rights. She gave no particulars concerning the new system.

Greek officers have but to remark.

“Funding is linked to EU basic rights being accurately utilized,” Johansson added.

Greece mentioned final month it might not enable the unlawful entry of migrants by land or by sea, after a rise in tried entries via its Aegean islands and land border with Turkey.

In an tackle to EU lawmakers on Monday, Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi mentioned the EU additionally wanted to do extra to make sure boats weren’t crossing over from Turkey, with which Greece frequently trades barbs over migration and different points.

“Greece would count on an much more energetic function of EU establishments in calling Turkey to abide by its commitments,” he mentioned. “In line with a substantial variety of testimonies from asylum seekers, Turkish authorities are actively encouraging unlawful departures.”

Inflow of asylum seekers

The inflow of asylum seekers from the Center East and Africa in 2015 overwhelmed the bloc’s social and safety capacities.

The variety of arrivals had fallen sharply since then, however in current weeks, Greek authorities mentioned that they had stopped a big variety of folks from coming into.

About 47,000 folks arrived by sea in Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus and Malta up to now this yr, the United Nations refugee company mentioned.

The Mediterranean nations count on greater than 150,000 arrivals this yr as meals shortages attributable to the Ukraine battle threaten elevated arrivals from Africa and the Center East.