Greece: Asylum Process

As of 3 November 2010 Sweden will cease the transfer of asylum seekers to Greece, under the Dublin Regulation. Dan Eliasson, Director General of the Swedish Migration Board, explained “the situation in Greece is gradually deteriorating, also for asylum seekers from Sweden”.
As of 3 November 2010 Sweden will cease the transfer of asylum seekers to Greece, under the Dublin Regulation. Dan Eliasson, Director General of the Swedish Migration Board, explained “the situation in Greece is gradually deteriorating, also for asylum seekers from Sweden”. There is overwhelming evidence about the dysfunctional asylum system in Greece.

This follows ECRE’s call on EU countries to follow the example of Belgium, the UK, Iceland and Norway, which have already stopped sending asylum seekers to Greece and are examining the cases nationally. Similar calls for the halt of transfers to Greece have been made by UNHCR, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights.

Previously (07.10.10): The Government confirmed that they will suspend any removals to Greece under the Dublin II Regulations pending the outcome of the outstanding test case. Dublin II Regulations allow EU countries to return asylum seekers back to Greece if that is the place they launched their first asylum application. This follows reports from the UNHCR which describes the Greek asylum application process as a 'humanitarian crisis'.

Previously (16.03.10): The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights made public today his third party intervention submitted to the European Court of Human Rights, following an invitation by the Court, in a group of cases concerning return of asylum seekers from the Netherlands to Greece by virtue of the EC ‘Dublin Regulation’.

The Commissioner concluded that current asylum law and practice in Greece are not in compliance with international and European human rights standards, expressing at the same time his full support to the Greek government’s decision and ongoing efforts to overhaul the refugee protection system and overcome its current serious deficiencies.

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