With the increase in the number of illegally deported migrants from the Aegean Sea on record, and the European Commission and other agencies requesting an investigation into the matter, the Greek government continues to deny and welcome the decline in the number of people arriving on the Greek islands.
“It’s a miracle to be able to come to Greece alive! Faiza, a Palestine refugee, breathed a sigh of relief in the muddy corner of the Wadi camp on the Greek island of Samos with no running water. On April 21, after a arduous sea crossing, she disembarked with 28 other passengers on the Psili Ammos beach in the southwestern part of Samos at 6:30 in the morning. This mother and her three children aged 11, 12 and 15 will be the only people who can apply for asylum in Greece. Their unfortunate companions were forcibly returned to Turkey by the Greek authorities. at the seaside.
Since March 2020, when Ankara threatened to allow thousands of exiles stranded in Turkey to pass through Greece and Europe, these forced repatriation activities by the Greek Coast Guard have intensified, and asylum seekers have given themselves this word: you don’t The port police should be called again when entering Greek territorial waters, but the Norwegian NGO, Aegean Ship Report (ABR). “Unfortunately, all people who arrived in Samos before this year were illegally deported. In 2021, there were 6 counterattacks involving 326 people from Samos., Emphasize ABR. We will continue to conceal certain information from the port police until the Greek government stops this practice. “
Samos is not the only island affected by these fight back, So much so that Greece is now the object of repeated criticism. “Between January 2020 and March 2021, UNHCR [Haut Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés] Approximately 300 reported obstructions and illegal expulsions around the land border of the Aegean Islands and Evros have been recorded, The UNHCR representative in Greece Mireye Girard pointed out. We compiled the information and cross-referenced various sources, including as many witnesses and victims as possible. “
Cross-checking to support, the UN agency asked Athens to investigate these refoulements and calls “European countries, including Greece, respect their commitment to refugee protection, allowing asylum-seekers to be admitted at their borders, rescued at sea, and new asylum-seekers are allowed to “disembark and register asylum”. On May 3, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe Dunja Mijatovic also wrote to the Greek government requesting “urgent” Ending and destroying actions “Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Refugee Convention prohibit refoulement.”
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