EU OFFICIAL URGES GREECE TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS OF ASYLUM-SEEKER PUSHBACKS


30/03/2021




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- European Union (EU) Interior Commissioner Ylva Johansson said solidarity is important in the fight against migration among Union member states.

Johansson, who visited the Greek island of and met with the Greek Minister of Migration and Asylum Notis Mitarakis, called on Turkey to continue taking back migrants whose asylum applications have not been accepted.

Speaking at a joint press conference after the meeting on the island, Johansson noted the EU's shortcomings in migration policies, "What we have seen in Europe for the last six years is the lack of a Europeanized migration policy, and this is that the member states on our external borders are under great pressure. In particular, some islands are under great pressure due to the absence of a solution that has not been made a European issue." she said.

Johansson said Turkey should take the initiative for the estimated 8,000 asylum seekers on and Ankara should continue to accept returns.

"Ankara suspended this part of the EU-Turkey agreement about a year ago. Now I call on Turkey to urgently resume the return of migrants from Greece," Johansson said.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCRS) said it had received a growing number of reports in recent months of asylum seekers being pushed back into Turkey or dropped off at sea, either at sea or immediately after arriving in Greece.

"I am very concerned about the report of the United Nations Refugee Agency. There are some special circumstances that I think need to be examined really closely. I think the Greek authorities can do more to investigate the alleged pushbacks," Johansson said.


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