EU court: expulsion asylum seekers to Greece illegal

21st January 2011, Comments 0 comments


EU countries must stop sending asylum seekers back to Greece, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

The court says Greece's treatment of asylum seekers is so poor that expulsion would breach the European Convention on Human Rights.

Under EU law, asylum seekers must complete their applications in the country where they entered the bloc. In accordance with the so-called Dublin Regulation, EU countries, including the Netherlands, send all asylum seekers back to Greece if they entered the bloc there.

The court delivered its judgement in the case of an Afghan national who in 2009 applied for asylum in Belgium. The Belgian authorities sent him back to Greece because he had entered the EU there. A few days later the Greek authorities let him go without any further support.

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