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Sweden ends asylum seeker returns to Greece

AFP/The Local · 3 Nov 2010, 07:31

Published: 03 Nov 2010 07:31 GMT+01:00

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"We started from 5:00 pm to refrain from sending asylum seekers back to Greece," said Dan Eliasson, director general of the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket).

"The reasons are, firstly, that the situation in Greece is deteriorating constantly for asylum seekers," he said.

"Secondly, the European Court for Human Rights has asked member states to refrain from sending asylum seekers back to Greece."

Under the European Union's much-criticised Dublin II regulation, illegal immigrants must be sent back to the country where they entered the EU.

About 75 percent of more than 40,000 people caught illegally entering the EU in the first half of this year did so through Greece.

Eliasson said the decision would affect about 100 people who would otherwise have been returned to Greece.

"We have not decided what to do with them," he said.

Sweden follows Norway and Austria in this decision.

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On Tuesday, a force of 175 EU guards began arriving at the porous Greek-Turkish border, seen as the primary entry point for illegal immigrants into the EU.

Greece has sustained continued criticism in recent months over its treatment of new arrivals with a harsh regime and sub-standard housing in what critics have argued appeared a deliberate attempt to scare asylum seekers away from its shores.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:27 November 3, 2010 by Pont-y-garreg
Your headline "Swedes ends asylum seeker returns to Greece" makes no sense whatsoever.
10:24 November 3, 2010 by cowboykodp

It makes perfect sense if you are up to date on world news. Look up EU immigration rules regarding first entry point into the EU.
11:17 November 3, 2010 by Puffin

You need to understand a little about EU asylum law that refugees must seek asylum in the first EU country they land in - cases must be decided and determined in the first country of entry

It is usual for countries to return refugees to the EU country of entry

However the asylum administration system in Greece has all but collapsed - refugee centres are unfit for occupancy and european charities are covering for the Gree state.

Greece no longer removes failed asylum seekers - just gives the a paper requesting them to leave Greece within 30 days - so many countries are now dealing with these issues themselves even if technically it is Greece that should do this
11:23 November 3, 2010 by booka
Greece = fail
12:41 November 3, 2010 by Alf Garnett
The Swededs are ignoring EU law, AGAIN!!
13:08 November 3, 2010 by Kevin Harris
How incredibly embarrasing for Greece which is fast approaching failed state status within the EU.

How did a medium size European country mess it up so badly? Was it the series of socialist governments? Government corruption, extending way beyond free flights, tennis tickets and Toblerones? What went wrong?
13:11 November 3, 2010 by Ranjit T Edward
There is something called the Dublin Convention that covers this. . As cowboy and Puffin rightly put it. The fundamental purpose of it is to stop Asylum shopping. It has a 6 month waiting period. What that means is, that if I applied for Asylum in Sweden, and was refused, and I leave legally (out of the EU), I can apply in another country only after 6 months.

Anyway, I feel Sweden has done good in terms of its stand on the Asylum procedures.
13:22 November 3, 2010 by janswed
kevin, what went wrong in greece is everybody decided to not pay TAXES!
14:29 November 3, 2010 by Rizwan Rahim
guys here is the link for Dublin Convention 1&11 http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32003R0343:EN:NOT

1) this DC in not practical in most cases (derelict,decrepit,dilapidated and decayed )

2) this DC is proposed by few member states to pass the ball of asylum burden in their counties.

3) this DC in constantly upgraded and amended as per their individual desires (other states say....yes sir yes sir 3 bags full sir....)

4) this DC does not allow "silent sending" whereas "migration board" adopts

5) soon there will be a another interim injection to Spain

6) soon there will be a "asylum flood" in Sweden

7) @ janswed, no sweden will increase tax portion and finally,

8) Sweden is the best solution for asylum in the world if, quality & less bureaucratic staffers work in migrationsverket !
14:45 November 3, 2010 by stelmed
You have missed the point here.

Because Greece happens to be in the border of EU does that mean that has to take the burden of immigration by itself? Every year 30.000 refugees enters into Greece to seek asylum there or from another European country. 30K immigrants is a bit less the size of Sundsvall. How do we expect from a country like Greece to cope up with this? Maybe to build a new city every year? What do you think would happen in Sweden if 30K people enter the country illegally and look asylum? Wouldn't the system collapse also?
14:49 November 3, 2010 by Sam1
Now adays, what is the meaning of Asylum we do not know.

Does asylum mean crying muslims on the immigrations verket with NO BEARDS...

that if they are sent back they die, then when they are given Permanent residence, they grow the beard and attack every foundation that fed them...saying Please treat us like we were trreated back home. Because if we are not stepped upon we do not respect democracy instead we take advantage of it....

All our lives we were stepped upon by our goverment and couldnt speak a word we were hungry and depreived of any human rights....but when we get one we become like an unworthy animal...we want to bring Sharia laws to the country that fed us and gave us human rights...Sad..
15:14 November 3, 2010 by Tanskalainen
I can see the movie title now....."My Big Fat Greek Asylum".
16:51 November 3, 2010 by cowboykodp

WHERE the HELL do you come from?

On some posts I see you are a normal immigrant and on others I see you are a babbling, bigoted fool from a third world country. Please keep your uncivilized baggage of hate with your family back home.

Jekyl and hyde?
23:05 November 4, 2010 by CFRIENDGREENBLUE
I think asylum seeking should be completely abolished. I have met tons of immigrants from various countries over the years and almost all has admitted that they have used the whole concept to be able to come into a country. I can understand this afterall there is hardly any justice in the world and the economic need to immigrate or emmigrate becomes inevitable. But one also should ask this simple question, what if one is confronted with a situation where the quota of intake is just one family at any one time and we have two families seeking entry, I would either allow both or simply turn down both otherwise selecting one family is a case of absolute discrimination secondly quite a few of the immigrants I have met here in Sweden are doing much better than the ordinary Swedes how? well most of these immigrants already have the financial means even before they arrived and another point is almost all the so called assylum seekers are exploited anyhow by the politicians in the country where they end up as immigrants, lets be honest to ourselves there are tons of people out there who are in need of assistance from the developed countries then the ones who are already in, and lets allow Greek people to decide for what is better for Greece afterall that is their country their own soil if Sweden wishes to carry on its present policies well thats the choice of Sweden...
04:08 November 5, 2010 by jazzIIIlove
just in time for Turkey to be a member of EU. Better to pass the obligation to experts.
07:46 November 9, 2010 by chafelix
Let's see: Turkey, which allows this trafficing and even makes money out of it gets no heat, Italy with its Quaddafi deals and "let them drown" policy

gets no heat and Greece, which rescues them gets the heat because it cannot provide better conditions for the asylum seekers than its own people? As for the current fiscal crisis in Greece, well, EU policies had their role in the greek debt: You have the EU enforcing the wise directives, BUT taking NO RESPONSIBILITY for their outcome. It tells countries that they must waste money on irrelevant agencies and counterproductive(such as the various regulators), that they must make military service optional, and has NO COMMON DEFENCE policy, not even a statement "an attack on one is an attack on all". It still allows the occupation of one of its member states, and has done nothing even when a 3rd party was at the brink of war with one of its member states. This is simply insane. As for the immigrants, there is simply a limit to how many immigrants a country may absorb and integrate. Just the security concerns are huge for moslems. Why does any country need to relive the metro attacks of Paris, London and Madrid?

If anyone thinks any EU frontine state should have no problem absorbing as many as 20% (and growing) illegal immigrants, is so concerned, I suggest they show them how it's done properly by taking them in themselves.
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