Greece improved conditions for refugees, said the European Commission
The European Commission (EC) recommended that member States of the European Union to resume the practice of returning asylum seekers to Greece, starting in March 2017.
“We recommend a gradual resumption of the sending of asylum seekers in accordance with the provisions of the Dublin agreement, starting from next year”, – said the European Commissioner for migration and internal Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos, reports DW.
As you know, the Dublin agreement stipulates that the consideration of the application for asylum is obliged to engage in some of the EU member States on whose territory a refugee came for the first time. This principle was not applied in Greece during the last five years due to difficult financial state of the country and unsuitable conditions for the refugees in it.
According to the Commissioner, over the last years Greece has made “significant progress” in improving conditions for asylum seekers.
According to Avramopoulos, the return to comply with this rule will be a key step towards restoring the EU’s migration policy and the Schengen area, operation of which was under threat last year due to record immigration crisis.
As reported by the Commissioner, it is expected that Greece will be returned “very few persons”, because this decision will apply only to those refugees who came from Greece to other EU countries from 15 March 2016.
The rule will not be applied in respect of unaccompanied minors, parents and persons belonging to the most vulnerable groups.
We will remind, more than 16 thousands of asylum-seekers, continue to live in camps on the Greek Islands.
Earlier it was reported that in Greece, asylum-seekers set fire to the reception centre on the island of Lesbos, where is located a large camp of migrants.
But the Federal Chancellor of Germany and Chairman of the CDU Angela Merkel expects that about 100 thousand migrants who have not received the right to stay in Germany to leave the country before the end of this year.
Earlier, the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said that the workers refuse to be resettled if the destination country is not Germany.
According to the interior Ministry of Germany, in the country in 2015 arrived 890 000 refugees.
In early September of 2016, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk said that the European Union has virtually exhausted the possibility to accept more refugees.
According to the President of the EU, the number of displaced persons amounts to 65 million people.
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