A Joint Position of:
• Arbeiterwohlfahrt Bundesverband e.V. (workers’ welfare association) • Deutscher AnwaltVerein (German association of asylum lawyers) • Caritas Germany • German Paritätische Welfare Association • German Red Cross • Neue Richtervereinigung (new association of judges) • Diakonisches Werk (Protestant social service agency) • PRO ASYL, national working group for refugees
In the past few months PRO ASYL has become increasingly concerned about reports from asylum seekers who, during hearings in Germany, state that whilst in Greece, they were given no opportunity to file an asylum claim in accordance with the requirements of the 1951 Refugee Convention. Furthermore, the numbers of refugees reporting maltreatment and attempted refoulement by the Greek coast guard has increased.