EU warns Greece to halt 'violent' deportations of refugees
(MENAFN) The European Union's top migration official has warned Greece that "violent" deportations of asylum seekers will result in a loss of cash.
After becoming one of the major destinations during the 2015 migratory crisis, Athens has stiffened its policies in the last year by expanding land and sea patrols, expanding a border barrier, and creating considerably more secure camps on its islands near Turkey.
It has often refuted claims of so-called asylum seeker pushbacks, claiming that it intercepts boats at sea to safeguard its own and the EU's borders.
“Protecting EU external border from illegal entry is an obligation. Violent and illegal deportations of migrants must stop, now,” EU’s Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson stated on Thursday after meeting Greek government ministers.
She stated that Athens would implement a new framework to protect basic rights beginning in September. She provided no information regarding the new system.
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