10.11.2009

Euro­pean refu­gee rights orga­ni­sa­ti­ons file com­p­laint with the Euro­pean Com­mis­si­on

Today, PRO ASYL, toge­ther with refu­gee advo­cacy orga­ni­sa­ti­ons from the Nether­lands, Fin­land and the United King­dom (Dutch Coun­cil for Refu­gees, Fin­nish Refu­gee Advice Cent­re, Bri­tish Refu­gee and Migrant Jus­ti­ce) filed a com­p­laint against Greece with the EU Com­mis­si­on. This com­p­laint is endor­sed by ECRE and 19 other Euro­pean orga­ni­sa­ti­ons.

PRO ASYL calls upon the Com­mis­si­on to not wait any lon­ger, and to final­ly initia­te an infrin­ge­ment pro­ce­du­re against Greece becau­se of Greece neglect of cru­ci­al EU asyl­um direc­tives. It is prac­tical­ly impos­si­ble to recei­ve pro­tec­tion in Greece; the rudi­men­ta­ry recep­ti­on sys­tem has col­lap­sed and pro­tec­tion see­kers are left desti­tu­te, homeless and vul­nerable.

Despi­te the­se pro­blems, Ger­ma­ny and other Euro­pean sta­tes con­ti­nue to return asyl­um see­kers to Greece. In 2009, Ger­ma­ny alo­ne requested Greek coope­ra­ti­on on 1.567 returns. Alt­hough the Ger­man Federal Con­sti­tu­tio­nal Court has tem­pora­ri­ly stop­ped nume­rous depor­ta­ti­ons to Greece, the Ger­man government con­ti­nues to sticks to this prac­tice.

„This shows a lack of respect towards the Con­sti­tu­tio­nal Court and a total lack of respon­si­bi­li­ty towards asyl­um see­kers“, says Karl Kopp, speaker for Euro­pean Affairs with PRO ASYL.

Due to its geo­gra­phi­cal loca­ti­on, Greece faces lar­ge num­bers of new­ly arri­ving refu­gees. At the moment the­re is a back­log of more than 30.000 pen­ding asyl­um requests and every year tens of thousands arri­ve in the coun­try. The new Greek government has decla­red that it will impro­ve the situa­ti­on, howe­ver con­cre­te actions are nee­ded to back up the­se decla­ra­ti­ons. In the mean time, asyl­um see­kers should not be retur­ned to Greece.

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