Migration and Struggle in Greece

Norway – Stop of returns to Greece

Posted by clandestina on 13 October 2010

The Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) has stopped deportations to Greece until further notice. “The Immigration Appeals Board has decided to honour the request of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to stop forced returns to Greece”, says UNE-director Terje Sjeggestad. All asylum-seekers who have had their applications denied in accordance with the Dublin Regulation, but remain in the country, will be allowed to stay. ECtHR is currently handling the case of an asylum-seeker who was returned to Greece from Belgium – it is not clear when the verdict of that case will be announced. Immigration spokesperson of the Progress Party, Per-Willy Amundsen, is highly critical of the decision to stop returns to Greece, likening it to extending an open invitation to Greece’s 300 000 asylum-seekers to come to Norway. In total, Norway has returned 260 rejected asylum-seekers to Greece this year. According to Norwegian TV news, 470 persons who were to be returned to Greece will now have their cases tried in Norway. Recently, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Denmark have halted returns to Greece.
Aftenposten 12 Ocotber 2010 (in Norwegian)
Verdens Gang 12 Ocotber 2010 (in Norwegian)
NRK 12 October 2010 (in Norwegian)

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