Systematic push backs of refugees at the Greek border
Pro Asyl’s report “PUSHED BACK” reveals systematic push backs of refugees in the Aegean Sea, from Greek Islands and at the Greek-Turkish land border.
The majority of the victims are refugees from Syria – men, women, children, babies, and people suffering from severe illness - trying to enter Europe to seek international protection or to reunite with their families. While the EU publicly repeats its commitment to stand by Syrian refugees, their fundamental human rights are being violated at the European border.
According to the interviewees’ eyewitness accounts, it can be estimated that over 2,000 persons were pushed back, given the make-up of the groups they travelled with. The PRO ASYL report accuses the Greek government, the border police and the coastguard of these practices, and raises the question of wider European complicity.
Allocation of refugees in the European Union:
For an equitable, system of sharing responsibility based on solidarity
The inhumane consequences of the so called Dublin-System are well known: Asylum seekers in Greece are either detained or forced to live in the streets. In Italy refugees live in homelessness and squalor. Also in Hungary, Malta and other EU-Member States refugees face detention or homelessness. Many asylum seekers remain without protection after entering the EU, but are forced to stay in the country of first entry – which in most cases will be assigned the responsibility for their asylum application – or to return to it. Now, a broad social coalition made up of PRO ASYL, Diakonia Germany, the PARITÄTISCHE Welfare Association, AWO Workers´ Welfare Association, Jesuit Refugee Service Germany, German Bar Association, and the Neue Richtervereinigung calls for a fundamentally new orientation in sharing responsibility for refugees in the EU.
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Treated like human cargo:
How Italy pushes protection seekers back to Greece
Thousands of protection seekers try to cross the sea from Greece to Italy every year. If they manage to arrive in Italy however, they are immediately returned to Greece without any individual assessment of their cases, without legal safeguards, as a report by PRO ASYL and the Greek Council for Refugees has revealed. Just like most other EU Member States, Italy has officially stopped returning people to Greece under the Dublin system, since the European Court for Human Rights in January 2011 determined Greece not to be a safe country for asylum seekers. However, these massive arbitrary readmissions to Greece are carried out in a systematic way in direct violation of that ruling.
"I came here for peace"
Systematic ill-treatment of migrants and refugees by state agents in Patras
In Greece every day refugees and migrants face racist attacks - not only by supporters of "Golden Dawn" and other fascist groups, but also by police staff and other state agents. The Report "I came here for peace" shows the systematic ill-treatment of migrants and refugees in Patras.
Walls of Shame:
The Detention Centers of Evros
In the Turkish – Greek border region of Evros, thousands of refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, Somalia, Sudan and other countries try to reach Europe. But instead of protection and safety they find arbitrary detention under inhumane conditions. The Report "Walls of Shame" reveals the conditions inside the detention centers of Evros and makes clear, that Greece is not accountable alone for these violations of basic human rights, but also the political approach of the European Union towards migrants and refugees.