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Germany to stop returning asylum applicants to Greece

Δημοσίευση 20 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 11:21 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Germany to stop returning asylum applicants to Greece
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A spokesman for German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Wednesday announced that Germany has stopped returning refugees to Greece and is now processing asylum applications itself.

A spokesman for German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Wednesday announced that Germany has stopped returning refugees to Greece and is now processing asylum applications itself.

The decision is effective immediately and for one year, after which Greece is expected to have made significant improvements in its procedures for processing asylum applications. Similar decisions have been made by Sweden, the United Kingdom, Iceland and Norway.

During the past year Germany returned 2458 refugees to other countries but only 55 of these were returned to Greece. In 1281 cases the asylum process was carried out in Germany while the rest took their case before German courts.